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Two Travelers Along The Road

Mary and Joseph Seeking Refuge by Simon DeVos
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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

Lift Up Your Heart

View of the crescent moon through the top of the earth’s atmosphere. Picture via Nasa Earth Observatory

Allow me to share one enjoyable flying experience with you. Sometimes, at ground level, the weather takes a nasty turn – rain, fog, all darkness and gloom, even in daytime. Then, one steps aboard a jet plane, quickly leaves the ground behind and climbs for a time through heavy, dark gray cloud cover. Suddenly the plane breaks out into the bright cheerful sunlight. I never grew tired of experiencing this breakthrough to light on those dismal days.

We can apply this experience to life. Oftentimes we find ourselves enshrouded in gloom and dark happenings: sickness, unemployment, hurt feelings, failure at work or marriage, fears about the unknown days ahead of life. Everywhere we look we see nothing but discouraging and depressing backdrops in life. We want to throw up our hands in despair and say, “Is this what life is about?”

Would it not help to realize that above all this darkness and distress, the bright warmth of God’s Love is always present? God, Love Itself, never ceases to direct His Peace, Joy and Hope into the hearts of us, his people.  Climb in spirit on the wings of prayer and soar above these dismal surroundings; bask in the Love always streaming from the Heart of our Great God. If we wish his inspiration and courage, they are ours for the asking. Life is worth living, no matter what the circumstances are at ground level.

Remember, above the clouds the heavens sparkle with beauty, cheerfulness and warmth from horizon to horizon. Lift up your heart!

Fr. George McKenna

October 2, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 2 Comments