Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. Praise God for entering human existence to die on the cross in atonement for our sins! Jesus loves us so much as to do just that for each of us. Praise God and prepare the way of the Lord (Lk 3:4-5; Mk 1:3) this Advent.
Some of you may ask: if Jesus really does come (as He does each year), then why doesn't the world have peace on earth? Why don't we experience God's kingdom on earth instead of being surrounded by so many effects of sin, for example, war, murder, selfishness, greed, and lust? Yes, Jesus comes, but the world isn't ready to receive Him. For the world to change and the effects of sin to be undone, each of us has to change our hearts, eliminate sin from our lives, and live as Jesus did - with love, sacrifice, and with forgiveness of those who have transgressed against us.
Advent is the time for such preparation and change. It is a time for us to prepare our hearts for His way anew (Mt 3:3). We need to take stock of our lives, repent of our sins via the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and change by recommitting our lives to Jesus. The question we should ask instead is: when Jesus comes, are we going to accept Him into our hearts by accepting His commandments, by following His Church, and by working for Him by giving our lives for Him? To prepare for Jesus this Advent, read three chapters from the book of Isaiah each day. You will have read the entire book in time for Christ's arrival.
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Please continue to spread God's loving Word!
Your brothers and sister in Christ,
Deacon George Schmidl, Chris Jasek, Judy Erwin, Mark Mussman
December 1, 2015