As we embark upon a new liturgical year this First Sunday of Advent, my thoughts are on our sister parish in Haiti, St. Guillaume (William). The people there need our financial help to assist in feeding their school children. And we have the money to help but are unable to send it there. We have written the checks, but our messengers can’t take them into the country due to the civil unrest and violence in the capital, Por-au-Prince. Let us pray for a peaceful solution to Haiti’s problems and St. Guillaume.
This week and two weeks ago, the readings called our attention to the end times when God will come again. The earlier readings were a bit more threatening to the evil doers; this week they are more up-beat as they talk about going to the Lord’s house rejoicing (Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44). Nevertheless, we are called to be mindful and live honorably and keeping watch so as to be allowed into the house of the Lord. Besides it just feels better to live that way knowing we are on God’s right side.