SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – WHAT’S THE GOOD NEWS?
Today we hear Mark start his Gospel with the headline, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” The gospel or “the good word” or “the good news” is that this person Jesus whom Mark will be telling us about during this new Liturgical Year is the MESSIAH, the Christ. To top off this good news, he is even more – he is the Son of God.
Well now there is no mystery left in how the Gospel of Mark is going to end. Mark already has told us that Jesus is our divine savior and redeemer. That’s the Good News!
ADVENT WREATH PRAYER – FOR WEEK 2
“For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.” Baruch 5:9
Light two candles on your wreath, then pray:
Lord, as you come to us once again at Christmas, you invite us to come to you as well. Soften our hearts to recognize the areas in life where we need to grow. Smooth over the craggy peaks and deep crevasses that keep us apart from you. May we seek you above everything else and give you to others as the best gift of all this Christmas. AMEN.
TODAY, DEC. 6TH, IS ALSO THE FEAST DAY OF ST. NICHOLAS!
For many of us as children, this was a day when an extra sweet treat of some kind would always appear in a mysterious sort of way. For me and my siblings, some years on St. Nicholas Day, a half-gallon of Velvet Freeze chocolate ripple ice cream would be setting right outside the kitchen door after supper. Eventually it dawned on me that Dad just went for a haircut to the barbershop that just happened to be right next door to the Velvet Freeze ice cream parlor. Hmm! That was a real treat in those days, and we always thanked good ol’ St. Nick!
St. Nicholas was a real person who is a real saint in heaven. He lived in the early 4th century and was martyred by the Romans around 350 A.D. during the last great Roman persecution. He was the bishop in Myra, Asia Minor (now the country of Turkey). When he became bishop, he was known as the “wonderworker” because he could heal the sick and calm storms. There are many legends about Bishop Nicholas, including about the man who was going to sell his three daughters into slavery so they would not starve. The bishop found out about this and secretly tossed three bags of gold through a window in their house. This remarkable act of charity became an example to others centuries later to surprise children with a treat or gift. Eventually, in the 1800’s St. Nicholas’ name was shortened to Santa Claus who always seemed to delight in children receiving surprising gifts.
St. Nicholas, bishop and martyr, pray for us and especially for our children, including children from poor families!
“PANDEMIC” CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE AT ST. BERNADETTE PARISH!
Tentatively, pending any further guidelines from St. Louis County or the Archdiocese of St. Louis, our Christmas Mass schedule will be (different from last year):
Christmas Eve – 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Christmas Morning – 9am