Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Today is Gaudete Sunday and it is called Gaudete Sunday because the entrance antiphon for our celebrations this weekend tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.”

A few more days and we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and this is truly a reason for rejoicing – we are almost there! It is not Christmas yet but the thought of it being near is really something that should bring us to excitement and joy. I think this helps us to focus on the real reason why we are celebrating and somehow it will help in making the burdens of the preparations for the celebrations a little lighter.

All of us are preparing internally for the coming celebrations but the external preparations that we do tend to dominate our time and energy. Buying and wrapping gifts, attending parties, cooking food, sending cards, and so many other external preparations can truly make the Advent season exhausting. Today, we are called to take a breather and just be excited for our Lord’s coming. It is a good time to focus on our internal preparations and have our hearts ready to welcome our Lord.

A few more days and it is Christmas. Let us not panic because of the many external things that we have not done yet. Let us instead rejoice because our Lord is coming and we are ready to welcome Him into our hearts.

May the remaining days of our Advent season truly be blessed.

In Christ, Fr. Maro