Clergy Reflection – December 23, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I always delight in time spent in Church School with the youngest members of our parish family and other St. John’s events where I may get to know our young people. They teach me a lot!
For instance, at the pageant rehearsal this past Sunday, after the holy family had arrived, it was time for the star to make her grand entrance. Instead of the traditional star-on-a-stick held by the angel in question, little Mary Steck came up with a new interpretation of the role. Namely, she held out wide her arms and legs which, along with her head, created her entire self into a celestial body! As she rocked back and forth down the aisle, while maintaining her star formation, it occurred to me that this little star was a great analogy for the posture needed for all of us this Christmas season and beyond.
Fling open our arms and embrace what is to come. Fully embody the Kingdom of God, even if we toddle a bit along the way. Shine our light on the world while pointing to Jesus. Rest assured that God is holding us in the palm of his hand.
I look forward to seeing many of you at church this Christmas Eve for the festivities of the season. May you and your loved one enjoy a blessed and happy Christmas and New Year!
You are very dear to me and to God in Christ.
Advent blessings,