Just a Thought November 23rd – 24th
This week-end we celebrate and thank God the Father for the Gift of His Son, Jesus, Christ the King.
I am always struck by the words in today’s Gospel, here we have people, the rulers and soldiers of the time, taunting Christ. Yet, in so doing, they use words that identify Christ; “chosen one, the Christ of God. King of the Jews.”
They see His actions, hear His words, yet are blind to the reality of His personal and individual love, which he offers to all, even to those who will ultimately crucify Him.
Pause for just a second and hear within your soul, the words of the thief who was being punished for his actions. He recognized Christ, He called Him by Name. His question to the soldiers, “Have you no fear of God?”
This time prior to Advent, to the coming of Christ once again among us, should give us pause and gratitude for the gift God has given you and me, His only Son, born, lived and died for us to be with Him for all eternity in heaven. All we have to do is believe in His love and follow His direction in our lives.Yet, even when we fail to do so, Jesus is there to forgive and help us begin again.
Advent gives us the opportunity for forgiveness, for Confession, not just on Wednesday evenings, but on December 11th, Father will have extra priests available to help us let go of sin, be reconciled to Christ, so we can receive Him in Eucharist and be one with Him in love.
Invite those you love to come to Confessions, make this Advent and Christmas a time for healing, a time to let go of past hurts, a time to reach out to those we love and really feel Christ’s presence within us. Then, dear friends, we will know what Christmas is all about.
God bless you and yours. Happy Thanksgiving! See you in Church.