Monthly Pastoral Message from Fr. Christ

PASTORAL MESSAGE

 

 

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Fr. Christ's Pastoral Message

 

CHRISTMAS PASTORAL MESSAGE

 

Beloved,

 

We are reminded once again that there is a season of Lent for Christmas.  Like the Paschal lent, the Christmas advent season is a 40 day period of fasting where we abstain from certain foods, receive the sacraments of the Church, spending more time reading the bible, and applying ourselves to more charitable works.

                                                                                    

We all shake our heads at the extent of the commercialization of the season of Christmas.  Even as I pen these thoughts I recall seeing Christmas advertizing in stores months ago.   We can shake our heads all we want, the reality is, it is easy for each of us to get caught up in it.

 

Christmas Lent is an opportunity for us to keep the reason for the season in perspective.  I am certainly not suggesting that we do away with the gifts, lights, Christmas Tree and the many other traditions we celebrate surrounding Christmas.  What I am suggesting is that we apply ourselves a little more than before this season by observing the prescribed 40 day period of Lent. 

 

Fasting means we are abstaining from something.  When we abstain, we have more to give.  Let us give as the Christ-child gave of Himself this year, selflessly and for the good of others.  It is my prayer that this Christmas be more than a sentimental movement in decorating with mistletoe and evergreen arrangements. May we allow our Lord's Nativity to move us in our generosity not only to the ministries of the Church, but to those in need around us.

 

May this advent be the beginning of our spiritual walk with Mary and Joseph which ends at the foot of the precious Manger of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What gifts have we received?  We have received the gift of life.  What gifts can we offer Him?  Living our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him, is our gift; being loving, kind, generous and merciful.

 

Peace and blessings to you and yours as I wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with health, spiritual joy and prosperity.                                        

Fr. Christ Kontos