Pastor's Corner Dec 24 2017

A Veggie Tale: We were both looking over the avocados when he asked me, "You don't really believe in all that fairytale stuff, like shepherds and angels and wise-men do you?" "Yes, of course!" I said, somewhat taken aback. "But isn't it just a nursery rhyme for kids?" "I guess God wants us to remain kids," I quipped, "After all, He did say, "Unless you turn and become like little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.'" "Okay, Reverend," he said as he pushed on to the lettuce. I hoped that I gave him permission to believe, as he once may have. What more could I do in the vegetable aisle?!

A business model: Perhaps we should not dismiss the questions so quickly. Is it a fairytale? Will we grow up to realize it's too good to be true? Yes, it is a tale too good to be true—because God is the author. God became a little baby—what for? It is hardly a good business model, to be virtually unknown for thirty years. In the larger context, God had waited for at least 5,000 years since the fall of Adam and Eve; 2,000 years since the promise to Abraham; 1500 since the prophesy given to Moses; 1000 since the prophecy of David, 500 years since the prophecy of Daniel. What's another 30? We might be surprised that he acted so quickly.

A Secret: If it was good for Jesus to spend quiet time with Mary and Joseph then it's good for us too. How do we do that? "But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee," (Mt 6:6). Chamber? The chamber of your heart will do just fine. Repay thee? Can we give to our creator in such a way that He will repay, or reward us? A work worthy of a re-ward is called a merit. Praying is work. Yes, we earn merits. And we earn punishments: Unless mankind stops offending the divine majesty, there will be another war more terrible than this one.

An Open Secret: If we want to change the world—changes are desperately needed—we must spend time, as it were, in Bethlehem and Nazareth. To become little like Jesus; to learn the secret of his rela-tionship with His Father, the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and us. "And thy Father, who seeth in secret will repay thee."

On behalf of Fr. Gordon and myself, I wish you and your family the choicest blessings of the Christ-child this Holy Season, and in the New Year to Come.

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