Isaiah ushers us into a season of hope.

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you like the Prophet Isaiah from the Old Testament because we're going to get a healthy dose of him in our first readings throughout the Sundays of Advent.

Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare our hearts for Christ to come alive more fully in us. Christ is already in us. He was in us at the moment of our Baptism and is always with us. And when we receive the Eucharist he is really, really in us. But he needs to become more and more a part of us. That is one of the “objectives” of Advent.

The more our Lord is alive in us and the more we are conformed to him, the better off we are. It's a joyful hope, thus, we experience during Advent. We are readying to become more like Christ, and that will be good for us.

Isaiah was a prophet of Israel for at least forty years, in the 7th Century BC. During his time the kingdom of Israel and Judah were conquered by the Assyrians. The situation was bleak. As prophet, he was given a vision of the glory of the Lord. He saw how powerful God was and how minuscule all human affairs were compared to God. He prophesied to the people a message of hope. God had not abandoned his people and he would come again. If God did not necessarily come externally, or politically, to restore Israel to it's greatness, he would most certainly come individually to restore each person to greatness.

Isaiah can be particularly helpful to us as we prepare to transition to a new president for our nation. Whether we are happy or sad about President-elect Trump, our hope and trust should ultimately be in the Lord. He will deliver for us.

On Wednesday, November 30th I will be giving another one hour adult faith formation seminar. My talk will be on Angels & Demons. I was supposed to give this talk last month, but that happened to be Game 2 of the World Series and, well, you know. All are invited to attend. It will be held in the chapel.

The staff for both the church and school will have a Christmas party on Friday. The reason I'm telling you this is to have an excuse to mention my staff and especially how grateful I am for all those individuals. This parish would not run without the staff. From answering phones and changing lightbulbs to educating your children and helping make Jesus present in the Eucharist, these women and men work tirelessly for the Kingdom of God. Please pray for our staff and all those involved in our parish, and if you see one of them running around, maybe shout out a word of thanks to them.

Next Saturday morning, I will bless the Edison Park Christmas Tree. That same evening will be the Girl Scout Night Out, as well as the Knights of Columbus Christmas Party. The following Sunday, December 4th, there will be an open gym for preschoolers after the 9:30am Family Mass.

Once again, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I appreciated celebrating Mass Thanksgiving morning with many of you. And I enjoyed participating in some of the Edison Park Turkey Trot. We are blessed with a great community and a great church—much to be thankful for!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James

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