From Our Pastor
First Sunday of Advent/2013
WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
I write this the day after our wonderful celebration of Confirmation. 183 of our young people were certainly filled with the Spirit last night. As Bishop O’Connell pointed out in his beautiful homily, Confirmation is not graduation from religion classes. As their journey of faith continues, they must now use the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their daily living and decision making.
This morning, the day after Confirmation, I am feeling a bit groggy. I wish I could attribute it solely to too much rejoicing in the Holy Spirit the night before. But, alas, after Confirmation, to help celebrate this special event, I joined members of our excellent choir in Pedata Hall for some desserts. I ate six, maybe seven, cookies. Too much sugar! This morning I am paying the price.
As Bishop O’Connell also said last night: there is a right way to live and a wrong way to live. Advent is a call to wake up! To live the right way! To make happy, healthy, holy choices! To love as Jesus loved. When we do so we will be less groggy and more alive. The Spirit calls us to live life fully! The first step is to wake up!