As our two schools close for the Christmas Holidays, we all turn our attention to the coming birth of Jesus. This week’s Gospel centres on reconciliation and being tolerant with each other. I encourage everyone to make available this opportunity to make a good confession in the sacrament of Penance before Christmas.
The gift of forgiveness is so important for every person to feel loved and to be able to make new beginnings and restore relationships.
As the “wolf lies with the lamb,” with a “little boy to lead them.” We hear that enemies become friends and “they do no harm, no hurt” to each other. What a beautiful image of the Christ Child leading us to be reconciled with God and with others.
Now at this Advent time, we try our best to be tender, loving and forgiving with each other.
It is now the time to leave past injuries done to us behind. It is with Jesus, the prince of peace, that we choose to forgive and get on with living our lives in the presence of God – Emmanuel – present in every person, especially those we find most difficult to love. It is what we do for them, not what they do for us, that matters.
May our generosity in forgiving be the start of a truly blessed Christmas.
God love you,
Fr Frank Farewell
Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15th December at 8:00am followed by morning tea and refreshments. Please bring a plate of food to share. Donations towards a farewell gift for Fr Frank can be made at the Parish Office during business hours or by placing an envelope on the collection plates at weekend Masses marked “Fr Frank Farewell”. Everyone is welcome to come and share memories and wish Fr Frank farewell.