A Blessed Christmas and a Happy Holy New Year!

December 25th, 2011 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A Blessed Christmas and a Happy Holy New Year!)

One of the most important expressions of love is presence. You wanted always to be present to the person you love, to be near, to be in constant contact. God has expressed that love to all of us. He is always present. That’s why we call him Emmanuel, “God is with us.” Always! “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Once more as we celebrate this Christmas we are not just proclaiming an event. We experience God’s presence among us. We experience his love and compassion. That’s the reason why he became human like us in all things except sin. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) God lives like us, shares our joys and sorrows and spread his light in the midst of our darkness. May every one of us continue to experience this love of God this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

I would like to thank everyone who in one way or another did some things and made our Christmas celebration successful and meaningful! Fr. Roger Lumbre, Pastor

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Fourth Sunday of Advent: God Is Faithful!

December 18th, 2011 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Spiritual - (Comments Off on Fourth Sunday of Advent: God Is Faithful!)

Wow Christmas is almost here. Some of us are still not done with shopping and still busy preparing for the Christmas meal, not to mention Christmas parties and activities here and there. In the midst of this excitements and kind of commotions, I wish to emphasize once more this important message for this Advent: GOD IS FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISE!
Our Gospel reading for today is a fulfillment of God’s promise. This promise has been made hundreds of years ago. We heard this promise in the book of Genesis 3:15. We read this as our first reading during the feast of the Immaculate Conception. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, her offspring and yours…” We call this proto-evangelium or the first Gospel being the first good news! This promise of God is being carried out patiently but surely through the ages until it’s fulfillment in the annunciation of the birth of Jesus through Mary.
From our first reading we can also have a glimpse of a deeper meaning of God’s plan. David wanted to build a house for the Lord which would house the arc of the covenant. Initially the prophet Nathan approved of the plan, but God sent him the message that Yahweh was more concerned with turning David’s family into “His house” than with residing in a house Himself. In other words, God’s presence in families is more important than is His presence in buildings.
This eternal presence of God in the family of David is fulfilled in Jesus’s birth and the church that he established. He lives with us forever. Along this line I invite you to reflect on our church here in Girard and in the Diocese of Wichita. It is true the body of Christ, the church, is so human. But human as we are, we are empowered to let the divinity and holiness of Christ be seen in our Church through each one of us. Do I see myself as part of the Diocese of Wichita or I care only for St. Michael, my church. And do we feel God’s presence here in our own church? What and how could I contribute to make God’s presence felt by everyone? The birth of our Jesus make this a reality! Our Blessed Mother did her part. Saint Joseph did his part. God is calling us to do our part, to participate of God’s divine intervention through every moment of our lives. God bless us all! Fr. Roger

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