The message of Advent is simple: Jesus is coming.
Let me wish you all the best that the gift of Christmas has to offer. May you experience the graces that come from being close to Jesus Christ– the same Jesus who is the Holy Babe at Christmas, and the Mighty One who will come again.
I will not be putting out a new podcast until I can collect myself in the new year. A week ago our family lost a dear nephew and cousin. This wonderful young man was 24 years old and beloved by many. His death was unexpected and sudden, though he had a medical risk for the blood clots that ended his life.
Hundreds came to the wake and his funeral Mass was standing room only. The Mass was beautifully prayed by a priest that Alex and the family knew, and it was powerful to witness his siblings, cousins, Godparents, and friends assisting as pall bearers, lectors, altar servers, and gift bearers. Their poise and faith was a gift not only for Alex, but all of us.
I ask for your prayers for my dear sister Pam and brother-in-love, Mike, and their two sons and daughter, and a very large extended family. Pray too for my nephew’s girlfriend and his many friends who are heartbroken. And we beg God’s tender mercy on my nephew who was a praying man who died with the grace of the sacraments. That is our true consolation.
God loves us so much that he became one of us — that he might get us ready to live with him forever.
For the Catholics reading this, here’s the message that comes alive for me when facing such a grief: This Christmas, make a good confession and clear the air between yourself and God, if that’s what is needed. Embrace Jesus In the Eucharist and let your life be embraced by him. Then love those God gives you for all you’re worth.