This weekend begins the Holy Season of Advent. Our Advent season is usually divided into two parts: the first with its concentration on the return of our Lord, Judge of the living and the dead and the second on which we focus our attention upon the Christ event at the Nativity of Jesus. The pleas of Isaiah in the first reading speak of his yearning for God to manifest himself again to His people with all the strength and miracles that were shown to the ancestors of faith. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down” Isaiah 63:19. If only that would happen then the people of Isaiah’s time would again repent and turn back to belief in Israel’s God. Even in our day and age, with all the senseless violence, disregard for human life, lies, dishonesty, evasion of the truth, etc. we too cry out: “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.” This weekend as we begin our new Liturgical year we also begin to read from the Gospel of Mark. This passage from Chapter 13 is dealing with the second coming of the Lord but it is located just before the events leading up to the passion and death of Jesus. “Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning” Mark 13:35. Even the times of day mentioned could correspond to the evening of the last supper, the midnight of the arrest, the cockcrow of Peter’s denial, as well as the morning of Jesus’ conviction on Good Friday. Just as the disciples are told to keep faithful “Watch” so too are we to watch for the appearance of the Son of Man. With the conditions of our current world situation, that second coming can’t happen too soon. Come Lord Jesus!
NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY WELCOMES – The Pastoral Ministry Team of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary wish to warmly welcome members of the People of Praise Community and Charismatic Catholics throughout Western NY for a special Mass that will be held on those months containing a fifth Sunday. The first will take place Sunday, December 31st at the 5:00PM Mass. The Charismatic gifts, mentioned in the early Christian Community at Corinth in the New Testament will be welcomed as we give thanks for this past year and rededicated ourselves with Mary our Mother in this New Year as followers of Jesus her Son.