It’s that time of the year again. No, I don’t mean Christmas shopping, decorating, buying trees, or mailing cards. No, it’s the time when John the Baptist makes his annual appearance (Luke 3:1-6). We need him and his annual reminder of repentance. Our lives become so very busy that we tend to drift away from God and into sin. John lived a very simple and austere life dining on locusts and wild honey. While his wild appearance may have attracted people at first, it was his life style that made people listen to his message, “Make ready the way of the Lord.” The best way for us to do that is the Sacrament of Penance whereby we level the mountains of our pride and arrogance and fill up the valley of our spiritual laziness.
Holy Trinity Parish will be having a penance service on Tuesday, December 11th at 7pm in its church. Of course, confessions are held here each Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30pm and also by appointment in the rectory.
I can’t think of a better way to prepare and put Christ into Christmas.
- Father Carl