Letter from Father Richard
We are used to Nature providing us with a cycle of seasons, year in and year out. As the church developed as the nurturer and educator of those who were its members, it developed a way of linking liturgical celebrations with the current season. (This is true only of that church in the Northern Hemisphere).
So, as we approach the darkest part of our year in December, and the dawn of a new year, the Church celebrates the dawn of a new creation in the coming of Christ into our world.
She prepares us for the feast of Christmas with a season: the season of Advent. It looks back on the history of salvation, itself looking forward to the birth of a Messiah, and projects us forward to the end of time when we expect the second coming of Christ, at the end of time.
The church focuses us on three people during this season: Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary the mother of Jesus. These become our teachers in how to wait profitably, while getting on with the necessities of life.
The hustle and bustle of our commercial world is a wonderful reminder of the importance of the religious feast we celebrate.