My Dear People,
You Are Called to Die
The Third Sunday of Advent is “Guadete Sunday”. Guadete, in Latin, means to rejoice. To be in joy again, presumes victory over suffering and spiritual death. Unless you have been given an acute awareness of your own need to be purified through suffering, and sanctified through rising to New Life in Christ, you probably have never truly rejoiced. Being born again in Christ, requires complete surrender to the Divine Will of Our Lord. Like Jesus, we are called to die to sin and death, so we may be lifted up by Him.
Wealth and power give the “illusion” of safety and security. Remove the wealth and security, and what remains? There we find the focal point of the Christian Life. As fragile as our health and wealth are, both can be taken in the flash of an eye. A complete financial collapse of our nation’s economy, could strip us of everything OVERNIGHT. Then, where would we find our peace and security? For those born again in Christ’s Death and Resurrection, it is found only in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our peace cannot come from our pocketbooks. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Trust only in Him. In doing so, we will then find true Joy.
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada