Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new church year! The time of Advent represents the time of joyful expectation of the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into the world as Savior and Redeemer. This first coming resulted in the salvific suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord. We contemplate the mystery that unfolded in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she prepared to give birth to the only Son of God. Advent at the very same time focuses on the hope-filled anticipation of the future second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ not as suffering servant, but this time as the victorious king Who will come to judge both the living and the dead. As this second coming approaches, our Blessed Lady intercedes for us and for all of her children that we might be well prepared to welcome and to receive her beloved Son.
As the candles are lighted each week on the Advent wreath, we recall the passage of time as the world awaited the first coming of the Savior, and we recall in the passage of time that we are that much closer each year to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and to our own participation in the beatific vision – that is, being with the Lord Jesus Christ face to face for all eternity at the end of our own earthly life!
We should mark this preparation time by a good and holy confession of sins. I will soon begin hearing the numerous confessions of the children at Saint Pius X Regional School. There will also be occasion for the children of our CCD to confess their sins before the Feast of Christmas. I strongly encourage you to mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 10th at 7 p.m. There will be 9 confessors on hand to hear confessions that evening in anticipation of the coming celebration of Christmas. I will feed them well before confession begins so that they will be well disposed to this time of grace and repentance as you confess your sins before the throne of the merciful Jesus in the sacrament of Penance!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy On Us!