One of God’s greatest gifts to the people of Israel in the past had been freedom. As a result they believed that the trade mark of the long-awaited Messiah would also be freedom. When John the Baptist quoted the prophet Isaiah, “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”, they understood he was describing the journey to freedom from their oppression.
As we continue our Advent journey perhaps I need to look at all the ways I am not free. Perhaps I’m a captive of my past. Perhaps I am on the treadmill of life trying to prove something to myself or to others. Perhaps I’m trying to live up to an image or to what the world describes as successful. Perhaps I feel captive of situations over which I seem to have no control. Perhaps I feel anything but free as a result of the pandemic. So many people I have talked to the past few months feel this way.
As I prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, I need to ask him once again to free me from my burdens. I believe that God always makes good on his promise and I trust that he will set me free. And I believe that he is walking along side of me as my journey of life unfolds.
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.