What does it take to say “yes”? If we think about moments when we are invited to consider doing something, do we simply immediately say “yes”? I suspect for most people, the first instinct is to try and understand what is being asked. This probably prompts some questions.
What’s involved? The first question is probably seeking to understand the commitment being asked. How many hours? How many days? Is it short-term or long-term? Will I need to supply anything or need any training prior to starting this? Depending on the answers, we might begin to feel more comfortable or we would have more questions. Until we arrive at a moment of comfort, we are more likely to answer “no.”
Additionally we probably want to think about the option for a bit before we answer. Having received information, we may want time to consider how it relates to the rest of our lives. If we answer too quickly, we might not realize that we are creating conflicts or impacting time for other events. Once we have mulled the idea, we feel more confident to answer that we have not created a more difficult schedule for ourselves than we can handle.
Faith invites us to consider a similar process. Jesus has promised to come again. What is involved? During this Advent time, how do we set aside time and energy to consider the invitation of God to be ready when he comes? Are we able to fit God into the schedule of our lives? Perhaps his coming will be a long-term event; what if it is short-term? Would we do anything different? Would we make different choices? Our readings say – Be Watchful, Be ready! Are we set to say “yes” to God’s promise to come again?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Mark your calendars to join in an evening of HOPE on December 17 at 6:00 p.m. All ages are invited to come to St. Anne Parish to enjoy Inspirational Speaker Greg Wasinski and Musician Michael James Mette. Don’t miss this opportunity – a great way to enter into the spirit and energy of Advent!
Building maintenance projects are underway. Please be patient as we seek to update space. Hopefully this week the women’s bathroom in South Gathering Space is being completed. Thank you to all who worked to make a successful St. Anne Fest; monies from the Fest are helping to complete this project!
Thank you to all who attended our Thanksgiving services – a celebration of blessing!
Advent Communal Reconciliation Service: Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.
Reminder – Christmas Schedule: On December 24, 4:00 p.m. – Children’s Mass in Main Church (No Mass in McKillip Hall), 6:30 p.m. – Main Church, 10:00 p.m. – Main church with carols before Mass starting at 9:30 p.m. On December 25, 9:30 a.m. – Main Church, 11:30 a.m. – Main Church, Hmong Mass.
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!