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A Christmas Carol

The above is from a calendar of John Heyl Vincent (1832-1920).
He was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Sound advice then, sound advice now!

Year after year, I am amazed at the power filled short story of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”.  Outside of the Holy Scriptures, no tale has caught the appeal of good hearted readers as has “A Christmas Carol”.

Speaking for myself, I enjoy the simple story because I see the amount of change that can take place in a person’s heart almost overnight.  To all appearances, Ebenezer Scrooge was doomed to die a stingy, cranky, unloving man.

Suddenly, on Christmas Eve, the old man had visitors in his dreams who showed him the foolishness of his past ways.  Waking up, Ebenezer, with a scream of delight, realized that he still had time to reform his life.  What a delightful change took place!

During this Christmas Season of 2018, Jesus the Infant Savior, fills our lives with dreams and revelations of how we too, can remake our lives.  He leads us to the stable of Bethlehem and shows us the beauty of holiness of life in Himself, His Mother and His Foster Father, Joseph.

Like Scrooge, we cry out in joy that this holiness of living can still be ours.  We want no part of the selfishness and the pettiness of some of our past attitudes towards others.  The Holy Child reminds us that we can be a light to the world about us.

The Christmas Season, with the birth of the Child Jesus, along with the tradition of making resolutions the following week during New Year’s Celebrations, is the perfect time to look inside like Scrooge, see a better way to live, and then take the actions necessary to change for the better of ourselves, and the better of all.  “God Bless us, everyone!”

        A Healthy and Happy New Year to All!                  Fr. George McKenna

December 29, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Two Travelers Along The Road

Mary and Joseph Seeking Refuge by Simon DeVos
Via WIkiCommons

Two people are traveling along a lonely country road. Mary and Joseph make their way to Bethlehem to register for the census.  Mary rides a donkey; Joseph guides the little animal over the rough road.  The trip will take four days, a long tiresome journey in those times.  Mary is with child and her time is close at hand.  She is at peace with herself and God.  She knows that she carries the Savior of the World.  She, like Joseph, does not know what lies ahead at this strange town of Bethlehem.  She faces this uncertain future with courage; knowing that God will arrange for everything.

 As the silent Joseph walks along, he thinks of the many unsolved problems on his mind, but he too, relies completely on God’s guidance.  As many rich caravans push past them, Mary and Joseph stand off to the side of the road with no bitterness in their hearts.  This holy couple sleeps in the inns along the road.  Here they take their ordinary meals.  Notice their courtesy to each other!  Joseph has kind concern for his wife; in every way he tries to ease her journey. 

About both of them is the spirit of prayer. Mary and Joseph are praying to God for help and courage in carrying out their calling.  What heavenly peace seems to follow them along the way.  No sharp words are spoken to each other; they make no complaints to God for having brought them out on this long, monotonous trip during the rainy, wintery time of the year.

With two days until Christmas, what lessons can we learn for ourselves from the travels of this couple from two thousand years ago? We can bring their spirit into our daily living.  Let us imitate their spirit of prayer . . . move along these last two days of Advent in an unhurried pace . . . do not let haste and a frenzied hurrying rob you of a realization of the Presence of God in your life . . . leave your worries behind and have trust in God. 

The future looked dark for Mary and Joseph, but their confidence in God never weakened. They traveled slowly, and left the details and all their difficulties in the safe hands of God.   Keep Peace in your hearts like Mary and Joseph.  Whatever happens along the way, God will be there with you.

          Fr. George McKenna

December 22, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 8 Comments