Dear Parishioners & Friends,
The media, these past weeks, have reminisced the date of President John Kennedy’s assassination on this fiftieth anniversary. Most of us (who were already born) can remember where we were when we heard the news. I was in the third grade doing art (it was a Friday around 2 p.m.) when the Sister came in the classroom asking for prayers because the President was shot in Dallas. From a little transistor radio, the whole school was informed and put into shock that the President was dead. We were immediately sent home and I remember running through the piles of collected leaves on the pavements. The streets were empty.
Everyone was caught off guard. The videos of the newsrooms of the day show chaos, people bumping into each other, announcers stuttering and people walking away from the cameras while crying. Nobody was prepared for the events of that day and hour that changed the Presidential Office, social perspectives, the way we view government and yielded to an almost apathetic sort.
Advent is the season of preparation. Only, unlike the shopping sprees we go on, or the other parts of Christmas preparation, we are not preparing for just one day, or even a week. Advent is the season of preparation for the rest of our lives.
The Second Coming of the Lord is the coming at the end of time, or the end of our own personal time. It is at the Second Coming that the Lord will judge us on how well we have reflected His Life in the world. Many of the people of Noah’s day were too busy with their lives to be concerned about God's will and His Way. Consequently, they weren’t ready for the flood. The gospel reading does not say that the people prior to the flood were evil. It just says that they were unconcerned. This is the attitude of so many that we rub shoulders with every day. Most people do not try to be evil. They just are unconcerned about having a place for God in their lives.
“Don’t get caught napping,” the Gospel says. The Lord will come to complete His restoration of creation to God’s original plan. How will He find us? Will we be prepared?
Make this a good time to prepare for the Lord’s Coming!
Father Joe Piekarski
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