State Chaplain

December 2019

My dear brother Knights and families,

December brings us to the threshold of winter, to late sunrises and early sunsets, and to celebrating the beginning of a new year.  December, as we’re very well aware, also brings us some of the greatest feasts in the Church year.

Advent is meant to be a time where we become aware of Christ’s place in the world.  Certainly we prepare for the annual celebration of how He came to us in history, His humble birth some two thousand years ago.  Let us also remember that Christ will return as He promised, coming in majesty on that last day.  We should long for that coming as good and faithful stewards long for the return of their master.  Likewise, we should long for the coming of Christ in the everyday and amazing ways He comes now in mystery.  Christ is the King Who was, Who is, and Who is to come.

The great feasts of the Christmas Season – the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (January 1), the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Epiphany (manifestation of Christ), and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord individually celebrate different aspects of the mystery of the Incarnation, the coming of Jesus to people of every time and place.  Together, they point out the greatest gift ever given to mankind:  the gift of salvation.  By Christ’s humiliation in coming as a man, all men may come to glory.

As we celebrate as brother Knights, and as a Church, I pray that there will be moments when we are aware of just how much Christ loves us in choosing to come among us that He might bring us to His Heavenly Kingdom.  Please know that during these Christmas holy days, I will be praying for you, for your families, and for our order.

May our Lord help you know His love this Christmas, and grant you a blessed New Year.

 

Vivat Jesus!

Fr. Mick

State Chaplain

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