Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent and we call it Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for rejoice. But the Greek word for rejoice is Chairos and chairos is the root word for Charis – and Charis means grace.

Grace is the unconditional, undeserved, unearned, unmerited gift of God’s love to all of us. It we try to connect all these together, we will realize that to rejoice means to be aware of God’s grace working in our lives.

To rejoice is to find in our lives the grace of God. This is very important for all of us to understand because brothers and sisters, the Christian life is not built upon the experiences that we have and our feelings about them – the Christian life is built upon the grace of God – and grace is what makes life go on… it is grace that give us strength to move forward.

Brothers and sisters, as we come closer to the celebration of our Lord’s birthday, let us rejoice and be glad because God has graced us with His presence. Let us open ourselves to His grace and truly feel His love for us. Let us continue to persevere in our preparations for our Lord’s coming and never give up even if we are having some challenges. Let us take comfort at the fact that God’s grace is always with us, and we will always be victorious! Rejoice for God is coming!

May we all have a blessed rest of the Advent Season.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro