This is the third Sunday of our Advent observance. The rose colored candle is lit this weekend on our Advent wreath. The rose candle means this weekend is filled with the spirit of “hope.” Our biblical lessons echo that spirit of hope as well. Isaiah the prophet gives testimony of the Servant of the Lord who, as the anointed of God, the Messiah of God, the Christ of God, will bring “good news” to the poor and declare a Jubilee Year of favor on all the people. The Jubilee Year meant the forgiveness of one’s indebtedness. Wouldn’t that be a blessing for us living in our own day and age with all of our credit card debt, etc., etc. This prophecy gives Isaiah’s audience a great deal of hope that “soon and very soon we’re going to see the King;” the Messiah, the Christ of God and enjoy such blessings. Through the Gospel of John we learn that many people thought very highly of the role and ministry of the odd man, John the Baptizer. So respectful were they that they thought he too may be the Messiah of God. John humbles himself and declares that he is only a voice announcing to “prepare the way of the Lord.” A thought provoking line in the Gospel states: “There is one among you whom you do not recognize”…… John 1:26. This is a hint to the people that the ministry of the Messiah has begun as soon as they recognize it in the life, teaching, preaching, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This Advent season we all are called upon to be messengers of hope. As St. Paul reminds us: “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” Romans 10:14-15. Just like Isaiah and John the Baptizer, we too are called to be agents of the Messiah of God; to announce His favor to His people and assist them to recognize Him, accept Him and be saved by Him. As one of God’s messengers, how beautiful are your feet?
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES “The Light’s On For You” confession opportunities continue each Advent Wednesday from 5:00PM – 7:00PM in the Reconciliation Room. Adoration and private prayer will also take place in the Chapel during this time. Come and prepare your hearts for so worthy a guest as our Lord and Savior.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES Holy Name Society will again this year assist us in bringing in the New Year with their Annual New Year’s Party to be held Sunday, December 31st from 7:30PM to 1:30AM at Hamlin House, located at 432 Franklin Street in downtown Buffalo. $50 admission ticket provides a buffet dinner beginning at 8:30pm, four hours open wine and soft drink bar, hats, noise makers, etc. Come and join us for a great time as we welcome in the New Year 2018. Tickets are available by calling St. Martin de Porres Church Office at 883-7729.
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.