Sunday, November 29, 2009
At the beginning of another Advent, after 17 years of ordained ministry in the Diocese of Trenton, I've come to a point where I want to make some resolutions at the start of this new year of grace.
I really don't care if people call me a "Scrooge" or worse...
I really take Advent seriously.
I LOVE Advent.
I BELIEVE in Advent, and its power to help us convert.
Conversion and growth is, and should always be, a part of contemporary Christians. I know that I can be a better person and believer. I know that I need conversion every day and every moment of my life.
And so I here announce:
I am not going to any "Christmas" parties held during the season of Advent.
I don't want to hear any "Christmas" songs before December 24th.
I don't want to hear anybody say: "Merry Christmas" before December 24th, and I will not respond to such greetings, especially in the church setting, until December 24th after the first Mass of Christmas Eve.
Yeah, I know I sound like a "liturgical hard-ass" but I'm getting old. I love the true traditions of the church. I can't stand the fact that the "world" around us says Christmas has already begun.
The Church calls us to celebrate Advent as a season, and Christmas as a season, against the timing of the world.
I think this is the most Counter-Cultural time for Christians. We're called to stand up for our belief that Jesus of Nazareth, born in a poor stable in the backwater town of Bethlehem, is the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. And so, I don't care about "Santa" or "Holiday" parties and shopping and decorating.
I think Advent is about becoming more like Jesus...
Posted by Fr. Gene Vavrick at 10:16 PM