On this Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah presents to us in the First Reading a tender image of God’s love, care and protection for each one of us. Isaiah uses one image that is familiar to us, a Good Shepherd. He writes: “Like a shepherd He feeds His flock; in His arms He gathers the lambs, carrying them in His bosom, and leading the ewes with care.” In these difficult times perhaps now more than ever we need to hang onto that image of God who watches over and protects us.
Many people in society continue to struggle – people without work, people without shelter, people without food or clothing. The St. Vincent de Paul Society and Love Inc. are busier than ever trying to assist those in need and at times struggles to keep up with the demand for help. With all of this going on, plus the continued violence and threats of terrorist activity in our world, we need the comfort and security of the Good Shepherd now more than ever. As we continue on the Advent road to the celebration of Christmas let us place our cares and concerns in the hands of our Lord and never stop dreaming of the perfect society that the Prophet Isaiah describes: a land where all will be whole and enjoy the fullness of health, a land where peace will reign and land of beauty and tranquility. This is the fullness of the kingdom that we long for and that we ponder these quiet days of Advent.
Please plan on attending the Advent Communal Reconciliation Service that will be held this Tuesday, December 12th beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Mary Church. Following a brief Word Service, there will be the opportunity for individual confessions. This is an ideal way to prepare for the coming of the Lord into our lives in a new and deeper way this Christmas!
Peace to you all!
Fr. Jim Volkert