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Twenty-five reasons to smile

It’s Advent! Jesus is coming soon. Colored lights dance against the dark. Carols exalt us (and the “Jingle Bells” dogs make us laugh). John Lennon, who imagined a world without religion, couldn’t imagine one without Christmas. Holiday cards keep on coming. Tinsel. Evergreens. Angels. Lighting family Advent wreaths. Sleighbells. Generous hearts. Visitors. Parties. Cookies with sprinkles. Sparkly sweaters. Fuzzy mittens. Manger scenes. Nativity plays. Flash mobs singing “Messiah” at the mall. Children’s faces. Reconciliations. The hope of peace on earth. Good will within reach everywhere.

Today’s readings:Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 (1).

“At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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