December 23, 2018
Jan 4, 2019
Dear brothers and sisters in God's family,
How to open our hearts as did St. Paul,"it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."
That is the message of Good News for us. I was at the Christmas Play at Resurrection last Sunday. We had the animals (a whole bunch) in the manger, the angels sang beautifully, the shepherds and kings did their job well in adoration, the innkeeper like usual had no room but directed Joseph and Mary led by the donkey to the stable and, a small change from St. Luke's script, both Mary and Joseph were happy to welcome the baby Jesus. The children played the parts well and became the various animals or people. They put on the character and acted as the character.
We know that putting on Christ can be a good thing but better is it to become Christ. To act with his heart, his compassion, his love, his sorrows, his spirit of total surrender to the Father's will. He was focused on His mission to save us from our sins and invite us to follow Him to eternal life.
This has become more immediate for me. Three of my priests friends have died suddenly within the past 6 months. Another one had time to prepare and was ready to return home to the Lord.
It is urgent that we remember that the reason for Christmas is to acknowledge that Jesus came to take away our sins and prepare us for the life to come. To married folks help your partner to strive for heaven, to parents teach your children to love God with their whole heart, soul and mind, to all my brothers and sisters let us open our hearts and let our savior in.
He is near, He is here, let us rejoice.
Fr. Nick being prepared.