Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends,

With this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we draw upon, within two days, the solemn feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! This pivotal event is the fulcrum of all human history. It is the definitive change in human history’s trajectory. God has come down to us in Jesus Christ and nothing in this world will ever be the same again.

This does not mean that we live in paradise, that there is no

suffering, that all pain is gone in this world. It means that all of this is now redemptive, if we join these experiences and ourselves to Jesus Christ. Like Mary, who heard Elizabeth say, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled,” we must consciously open our hearts and souls to the Word and accept Jesus as the Christ, the anointed, the One (and the only One) who saves us. Jesus is so much more than “the reason for the season.” Jesus is God made flesh, who lifts us up to God and fills our souls with the divine life by grace.

Jesus came into this world to do one thing. He came to do the will of the Father, to offer Himself up in sacrifice, to die on our behalf so that we might live. How humble He is, how obedient, how surrendering to the Father’s Will. By His sacrifice on the Cross, we are consecrated to God, set free and made temples of the Holy Spirit to offer spiritual sacrifices to God our Father.

This Christmas, and throughout the Christmas Season, make it a point to go the Creche (Nativity set) in your homes or here in Church and gaze upon the Face of God. Contemplate what He did, who He is. Give Him thanks and ask Him for whatever grace you need to be His disciple, to be all that God has created you to be. The world tries to convince us that it, and what it contains, holds the keys to happiness. Such is the lie, repeated over and again. If it were true, Jesus would never have needed to come into this world.

The answer to our longings, our desires, our dreams comes to us from God, in whose image and likeness we are made. It is the Baby of Bethlehem, who is the Lamb of God on the Cross, who is risen, ascended, glorified, and who will come again, Who answers all our questions and leads us on a sure and certain path to the fulness of life, here and hereafter.

Blessed and Merry Christmas to you and yours from all our priests, deacons and parish staff!!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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