Browsing the December 2019 archive of The Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Advent| December 22, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/20/19

Love is the theme of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. A good definition of love is in the name that we see in the first reading and again when the prophecy is fulfilled in the Gospel reading: Emmanuel, which means "God is with us." To have love is to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Advent| December 15, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/13/19

Joy is the theme of the Third Sunday of Advent. As it says in the first reading, "Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication to rescue you!" This is the reason for our joy. We have been ransomed from sin and its destruction; Jesus ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Second Sunday of Advent| December 8, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/13/19

Peace is the theme of the Second Sunday of Advent. The first reading describes Christ the Messiah, who came from the line of Jesse, the father of King David. It also describes how to obtain peace -- a peace that sustains us even in the midst of troubles: "The ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| First Sunday of Advent| December 1, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/03/19

Hope is the theme of the First Sunday of Advent. In the readings for Mass, Isaiah describes a future in which all is well because (1) God is recognized as the highest authority and (2) obeying him is the people's highest priority.

            This vision gave great hope to ... Read More »