Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
December 21, 2014
From your Pastor,
A lot of things are happening this weekend in the parish. Today will be the last Religious Ed Class before Christmas and special things are planned. Some of the Religious Ed Students will be visiting one of the nursing homes in the area for Christmas. This weekend we are also having our Christmas pie sale after the 5:15 pm Mass on Saturday and after the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday. Also, after the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, we are going to have coffee and donuts in the Father Leo Gallina Social Center. Just think - on Sunday you can pick out your Christmas pie and relax with a cup of coffee and a donut. Then at 2:00 pm in the Church, we will be decorating for Christmas. We can always use extra help for this.
This coming Thursday is Christmas Day and the season of Advent has been building up for this moment. For on Christmas, we celebrate not only the Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem, but we also celebrate the Christ who is with us.
As a Christmas message I would like to share this thought with you. It was written by Roy Lessin; it is entitled “GOD SENT US A SAVIOR”.
“If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.”
God the Father, in His wisdom, has picked out a special gift for each and every one of us. The Gift is His Son, Jesus. What is nice about this gift is that we don’t need to unwrap it. Soon as we receive it we can enjoy it. Why would God, the Father, give us this special gift? - Simply because He loves us. He knows that as human beings we cannot live without love.
He had his Son come in the form of a child because He knows the human psyche – we melt when we see a child and lay aside our defenses. We want to hold and hug that child. As we are drawn to the stable to see the child, we also see love Incarnate. We see a love that transforms us. Like a child we are called to the stable, but as we leave the stable we are called to leave as mature adults. As mature adults we already know what to give one another – that gift is Jesus. So at Christmas and throughout this coming New Year, we are called to share Christ with one another. I wish you a blessed week.