Times Change – Christmas 2017

Things Change

This year held the shortest possible Advent season in the church’s calendar, a mere 22 days. Because of its brevity, it may have seemed to have come and gone too quickly. Although it was short, hopefully you were able to acquire one of the principle messages of Advent – the message of Hope.

Underlying the very notion of hope is the lived truth that all things change. Nothing stays as it is forever, which can be scary to many of us. At times, usually during a blissful moment, we may want things to stay as they are and we forget that only in hope can bliss beget bliss. We see this in the scriptures on Mount Tabor and Jesus’ Transfiguration. The Apostles want him to stay there forever, static in a moment of glory, but only by changing could they come to know that Jesus had better things in mind.

Of course at other times in life, we feel may feel dismal and disconnected. When this occurs, the pining for change is ubiquitous and we can’t wait for fortune to turn. In the Bible, this is best illustrated through the despair of the Crucifixion. The Apostles felt their world was shattered.

No matter if we are in joy or sorrow or somewhere in between, the things of this world are always changing and that is a blessing. Parents get older and are no longer able to parent. Children rise up and take their place, becoming parents themselves who then have children of their own. Governments and philosophies and even the stories we tell in the movies and on the street, all change. Constantly, the cycles of life move and bend and reshape the word. Underlying it for people of faith is a sense of hope. There is always hope that the change will bring about something better.

The stories we tell of our ancestors in faith are stories of how they were greatly dissatisfied with the way things were during the times they lived. In the scriptures read at Mass during the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the forgotten shepherded of the field (King David – First Reading, 2 Samuel) rose up to become a new hero ruling Israel with justice. There was change.  The arc of the covenant was left in a tent and in response, King David founded a new temple. There was change. Centuries later, in the Gospel, a woman (Mary –  LK 1:26-38) encountered an angel and a pregnancy welled up within her. There was change.

Whether your life is going well by your own estimation or you are finding yourself in harder times right now, the only thing certain is that things will change. Our prayers for you and those you love during this time of the year are that you will be filled with hope and that in hope, Christmas will come to you as a sign of God’s long and lasting love for you.

May this Christmas bring you peace and joy! Be sure of our prayers for you and as a community, may we live in hope, working together to reveal more fully God’s love in the world and in one another.
In the spirit of Hope,

Saint Andrew Staff

 

 

Fr. Sergio Romo

Deacon Eric Sorensen

Julie Richards

Essie Benavides

Chris O’Malley

Deacon Mark Purdome

David Heimann

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