Dear Parish Family,
On this Second Sunday of Advent, the Gospel reading is from Luke 3:1-6. The evangelist begins by placing the ministry of St. John the Baptist in a historical context. He says:
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
God calls us as well in the concrete circumstances of everyday life. God calls us to holiness as we go to work and take care of our families. God calls us to holiness as moms and dads, sons and daughters and brothers and sisters. God calls to holiness in our places of work, our schools and recreational settings. I pray that this season of Advent will find each one of us intensifying our prayer life so that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
God bless you.
Fr. Dan Redmond