Season of Advent

Dear friends: I invite you to enter into the spirit of Advent. Waiting, watching and welcoming are the attitudes which will help us to do so. Much of our life is spent in waiting. We wait for buses, trains, for job interviews, for our medical test reports etc. waiting is eager expectation. We wait for the Lord. He comes to us in so many ways, while reading the word of God, in joy and sorrow, in sickness and health, in success and failure. Secondly, we need to watch, watching demands alertness. In the parable of the ten virgins, the five wise virgins kept watch and trimmed their lamps as they waited for the bridegroom, so that when he did come they went with him into the banquet hall. The five foolish virgins felt drowsy and fell asleep. The Lord came and they were caught napping. Finally, we need to welcome Jesus. What better way to welcome Him than to remove the obstacles that prevent Him from entering. Let us welcome JESUS into our hearts, our homes and lives.  Happy Season of Advent.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas


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