Fourth Sunday in Advent. When you hear the scripture readings and Gospel reading at Mass, do you “leap for joy?” If not, don’t blame the lecturer or priest, rather look inside yourself. What are you doing to grow in friendship with Jesus? How do you prepare for Mass each week? Or, do you just show up and expect to be entertained? As the Body of Christ, we are called to be active participants, not just passive observers.
The above reflection reminds us again of all things stewardship. This year our parish leaders have discerned the best ways to know our gifts, talents, and treasures. In the new year, our Pastoral and Finance Councils will continue the process of growing the Catholic Faith in our North Glengarry Parishes. These last four weeks of advent has taken us through the pilgrimage of hope, love, joy and now peace. Let us be surprised by joy this Christmas, the joy of our faith, the joy of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As our Gospel reminds us of Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth, I was surprised by joy this week while I visited our new Diocesan Centre near the St. Laurent Mall off the 417, on Michael Street. I had a great visit with His Grace, and our brother priests for the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors meetings on Thursday, two Councils that assist the Archbishop in his leadership of the Archdiocese. We continue to discern the best way forward, a new way forward from our new office space. Indeed, the journey will involve the Synod process in January, but also the continued openness to the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and parishes, in order to grow the Catholic Faith in our communities. Have a great week. peace.