How do you like to wait? Waiting is a challenge for many if not for all of us! You remember that story of the man who had a dream of talking with God. He asked God, “Lord, what is a million years like to you?” God replied, “Oh, that’s just a minute!” Then the man asked again, “Lord, what’s a million dollars like to you?” God said smiling, “It’s just a cent!” Then the man said, “Lord, can you give me a million dollars?” God replied almost laughing, “That’s not a problem, wait a minute!”
Waiting is an act that develops in us the virtue of patience and perseverance! We can learn again from the example of Israel who was waiting for the coming of the Messiah! Throughout their history many fell into infidelities as they become IMPATIENT and failed to persevere! While those who remain vigilant in prayer like Simeon and Anna who spend most of their times at the temple everyday, were able to experience the joy even to the point of holding the Messiah in his arms, and exclaimed “Now Lord you can let your servant go in peace, for in my own eyes I have seen the fullness of your salvation…”
As we know that Advent means coming, and that Christ is coming to us, we are reminded once more to patiently wait and persevere in our waiting. We know it is not an easy task, and on our own efforts alone we will not be able to do it. That’s why in Advent, we need to pray more fervently and avail of the sacraments eagerly and as often as possible that we may receive God’s grace of patience and perseverance. We have to follow the example of Simeon and Anna and we will certainly be rewarded with the joy of salvation!
I know many of you have already put up your Christmas tree and Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving. That is not bad, but it would be better if you include putting up even a small Advent wreath where every Sunday or Saturday night you and your family could gather together and light one of its candles and say your prayers. You can also share reflections on each other’s experiences while spiritually preparing during this Advent. I am sure this would help us and our families experience more meaningfully our Christmas celebration!
May God impart upon all of you His abundant blessings especially during this Advent Season! Amen! Fr. Roger Lumbre
I thank God for the gift of the priesthood and the grace and strength to be given this honor and privilege to continue to serve as your pastor for the second year in this parish. I am also thankful to God for the grace to grow in charity, patience and forgiveness. Every now and then things happen which give us opportunities to be more patient, to understand, and most of all to forgive. That’s a blessing! I thank God for my family and friends far and near for being there always at least in spirit! I thank God for all of you, especially for all our volunteers in the councils and in different committees, ministries and activities! I thank God for all the trials and difficulties in life, for in them we will always feel the need of God in our lives! “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) May God be forever blessed! Fr. Roger