Welcome back to all who have been traveling for Thanksgiving and as we now enter the beautiful, dark-leading-to-light season of Advent; as we begin to look forward to Christmas with its astounding story of the God of all Creation being born among us, not as royalty or in bright shining splendor, but in an out-of-the-way stable on the outskirts of Bethlehem. Jesus is born poor and needy and unnoticed by most and in these days we light the Advent candle in anticipation of the light that shines among us on Christmas.
This is also the season of movies, and I recently went to see the movie “JoJo Rabbit” which tells the story of a young boy in Germany during the Second World War who is part of the Hitler Youth and of his mother, played by Scarlet Johansson, who quietly resists what is happening in Germany, and who is hiding a young Jewish girl in a spare room of the house. What happens when all this comes together? I found the movie to be beautiful.
And a reminder that this Monday evening, December 2, our parish joins with St. Luke’s for a shared penance service at St. Luke’s at 7:00pm. And we will have our penance service for seniors on Wednesday morning, December 4, at 11:00am here at St. Francis.
Blessings on your week!