Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

The Gospel that we have for this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, marks the first appearance of John the Baptist. And in his first appearance, his call for repentance was unwavering. He called people to transformation – he called them to a change of heart.

This call to repentance, brothers and sisters, never stopped and it will never stop until our Lord finally comes again in glory. It is good that we Christians have an annual reminder of this call as we go through the Advent Season. Let us renew our commitment to turn away from our sins and prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Some of you might be planning a trip and have a home coming visit with your family and friends for the celebration of Christmas. Repentance is very much like a “coming home” to God. Just like any other trip, it might have some challenges and it is not always easy. Coming home to God is a humbling and painstaking journey of taking responsibility for our sins and failures; but when we get there, there is always joy.

During this season of Advent, let us truly come home to Jesus and open our hearts and minds to his presence and let our hearts be filled with pure joy as we wait in hope for his coming again in glory.

It is interesting how in our prayers, we always call on God to make our petitions heard. This time, let us hear him calling us home and let us respond. May we all have a blessed and meaningful rest of the Advent Season. May God bless us all.

In Christ, Fr. Maro