<TW>Weekend of 09 and 10 December 2006
- From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2006 12:08:09 -0600
.=: T H I S W E E K E N D :=. from Father Pat Umberger ___________________________________________________ A D V E N T P A G E Visit my Advent Page for alternative Christmas gifts, Advent ideas, prayers and blessings, Reconciliation resources and much more. Just follow the link from: www.frpat.com R A F F L E C A L E N D A R $16,800 in Prizes! 2007 Adesse Raffle Calendars are now available! There are daily drawings from 01 January-31 December 2007. Calendars are $25. You'll be a winner because you'll be helping our parish . . . and you might win a prize as well! If you're interested, just visit our Parish Web Site to see the calendar, prizes and more . . . and fill out the easy form there and we'll save some for you! Just follow the link from: www.frpat.com _________________________________________________ .=: V O L U M E 2 0 0 6 , Number 12-03 :=. .=: T H I S W E E K E N D ' S S C R I P T U R E S :=. The First Sunday of Advent, Year C. Weekend of 02 and 03 December 2006 Follow this link for this weekend's Scriptures: www.nccbuscc.org/nab/ .=: R E F L E C T I O N Q U E S T I O N S :=. "Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your children gathered from the east and the west at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God." Substitute your name for "Jerusalem." Imagine the feeling of joy and inclusion as we become aware of how much God loves us, affirms us, remembers us! "Brothers and sisters: I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus." The one who began the good work in us will bring it to completion. When does it seem like we're "stalled," like we're not making the progress we'd like to make? Can we relax and know that God will bring this good work to completion? "And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God." How is love the key? How can we allow God to be with us to help us love more deeply and sincerely? A voice of one crying out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." What are the winding places in our lives that need to be made straight? What are the rough ways that need to be made smooth? How can we best allow God help this to happen? How can this Advent be different from the others? How can we truly prepare a place for Emmanuel ... God with us? How are these Scriptures comforting? Challenging? (c)MMVI Fr. Pat Umberger. These Reflection Questions are found each week at the Web Site www.frpat.com. Feel free to link to this page or reproduce them for parish use as long as this credit remains. .=: S P I R I T U A L R E F L E C T I O N :=. "Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your children gathered from the east and the west at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God." Jerusalem is remembered and affirmed by God. She stands upon the heights and prepares for her fondest dreams to be realized. If we substitute our own name for "Jerusalem" we can begin to imagine the joy of Jerusalem ... enough to bring about shivers and goose bumps! That's how much God loves all of us. How proud God must be when we live as God's people, when we treat one another with kindness and gentleness. God has begun great work in our lives. Sometimes though, through our own selfishness and neglect our progress is stalled. Although we know that we should think more about the needs of those around us, we get caught up in ourselves and our own wants. Although we know we could do great things if we applied ourselves, sometimes we do the minimum in order to just get by. We need God, there's no doubt about that. If people are going to get their rights, God will have to help. If we are going to live up to our potential, God will have to help. If the good work in us is to be brought to completion, God will have to help. We have the power though, as human persons, to keep God away. Our job during this holy Season of Advent is to prepare a place for the Lord in our lives. A voice of one crying out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." What are the winding places in our lives that need to be made straight? What are the rough ways that need to be made smooth? God can do anything if we but open the door! How can we best allow God help these things to happen? This weekend we can think about our children. Christmas draws near and we focus on giving them the very best. That certainly extends beyond the things we can buy in a store. We need to provide and excellent education for them, and set a fitting example for them. It's our job to show them how to live as a child of God. We can only do that through our worthy example. We'll have a chance to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent. We can make plans right now to do so. It's even more important if we haven't done it for a long time. We can leave our weaknesses behind us and receive the forgiveness, strength and healing Jesus died and rose to give us. We can make peace with those around us, apologizing to those we have hurt and forgiving those who have harmed us. We can admit our wrongdoing promptly and show others by our own example that it's a good thing to make peace with those around us. Jesus came not because people were doing so well, but because they were doing poorly. We do our best to straighten out the winding ways in our own lives and smooth the rough places that we might prepare a straight path for Jesus to come into our lives more fully. We'll need God's help in order for that to happen. God stands at the door waiting. This week we can open that door and seek the help we need. Have a good week! __________________________________________________ <TW>This Weekend is free, and comes from: Father Pat Umberger, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse in Wisconsin U.S.A. 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