11 December, 2022
Pastor’s Viewpoint - December 6
Rejoice and be glad! Your salvation is nearer than when we believed.”
In this psalm, we read how the
prophets sent by God, came to remind us that our
redemption is nearer than when we first believed!
During the season of Advent (the four weeks leading
up to Christmas), we pause and reflect on the wonderful
mystery of God’s relationship with his people. John the
Baptist, the last of the Old Covenant prophets, appeared
in the desert calling the people to repentance.
who chose to listen to his message, he baptised in the
As we prepare our own hearts for the celebration of
Jesus’ birth, we need to be aware of the great mystery
we are celebrating.
It is so easy to get caught-up in the hustle and bustle
of shopping and sending special cards to those we love,
and to lose sight of the great mystery of our redemption.
So, we are encouraged to look beyond the business of
the world around us and focus on the real meaning of
For some among us, it will be a sad and lonely time
as we remember those we loved and lost. For others, it
will mean separation within the family knowing that
they won’t be able to get home to be with family and
We also remember those whose country is torn apart
by war such as Ukraine, and others who have lost everything
here in our own country through the recent devastating
floods, as well as the dreadful Black Christmas
fires at the beginning of the year.
It is important then, to pray in whatever way we can
- treasuring a few quiet minutes each day; in joyful
anticipation; in moments of stillness between our preparation
of food and gifts; and to remind ourselves of the
wonderful gift the Father has given us in his Son, Jesus.
In the company of Mary whose “Yes” changed the
world, of Joseph who, realising the woman he was
engaged to was pregnant.
How alarmed he must have
been, until he was assured that she was not promiscuous
but, rather, called to the highest honour of being the
mother of his Son through the miraculous intervention
of the Holy Spirit. Let us, therefore, strive to bring joy
and happiness to those around us as we celebrate together
another important gathering.
We can ask ourselves
each day: “What can I do or say, that will brighten up
another’s life at this time?”
“How can I reach out to those in my community,
who are lonely or suffering in some way?”
Let us pray:
“Loving and compassionate God,
I thank you for sending your beloved Son to live
May this Christmas be a time of peace and joy to
those who need our prayers.
Help us to be more kind and loving to our family,
friends, and those amongst whom we live and move.
I make this prayer through your Son Jesus in union
with the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Sister Robyn McNamara - St Joseph’s Parish Assistant