'Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near!'
The liturgy of today's Mass repeats St Paul's words to the first Christians at Philippi, 'Rejoice in the Lord, always; again I say, rejoice!' Then he give us the real reason for this great happiness: 'The Lord is near.'
This is the joy of Advent and of each and every day and St Paul gives us the key to understanding the origin of any unhappiness we may experience; unhappiness comes from putting a barrier between ourselves and God, through our sins, through our lukewarmness or indifference.
Of course every day the Lord is nearer to us. However if there are barriers, he will not force an entry.
There is still time to celebrate the sacrament of Confession. If not in your own parish, then any priest would be delighted to make time to hear your Confession. Here are details of times for Confession at St Ann's:
Saturdays: 10.30am to 11.30am
5.00pm to 6.00pm
After each Mass on the first Sunday of the month
And at call
Advent Penitential Service - Tuesday 15th December at 7.30pm
St John Vianney, pray for us
Our Lady, Queen of Confessors, pray for us