From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris For November 25, 2018

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Church’s year, and we bring the story of salvation to completion as we look ahead to Christ’s coming in glory. We will begin the journey through salvation again next Sunday with the First Sunday of Advent. For now, though, as we come to the end of this year of faith, we have the opportunity to look back over the year to see how we have grown in our life of faith.

The Lord has been active in our lives each and every day of the past year. As we come to the end of the year, we have the opportunity to reflect on how the Lord has made Himself known to us, how He has cared for us, and how we know that He has been present in our lives. Doing this allows us to find even greater consolation and peace in the knowledge of His care for us each and every day.

Along with that, we have the opportunity to reflect on how we have responded to His presence and His continual call to communion with Him. We can see the big moments when we were called to step up and step out in faith. We can also see the broad patterns of how our lives of faith have grown and changed, how our relationship with God has developed.

Looking back, we also have the chance to see where we have not responded well, where we choked in the important moments, where we have let the good spiritual habits give way to other things. Rarely is life a steady incline of progress. Looking back, though, we get to see it all in perspective, all together.

Maybe that is the most important part, perspective and context. In the day to day grind of life, we have a sense that this part of life is going well but that part isn’t. It is easy, especially in the moment, to feel down because we only see how we have fallen short in this particular instance. While that matters, it isn’t always the whole truth. Maybe for a while we had a bad streak, but really, as a whole, the year was an improvement over previous years. That changes how we see our failures and shortcomings.

As we close out this year, it would be good to reflect on just how this year of faith has gone for us, where God has been in our lives, and how we have responded to Him. We have spent a year going through the mysteries of our salvation, and those great mysteries have become concrete in our personal lives of faith. That is an amazing reality, when you think about it, and we should be ever thankful to God for inviting us to participate in the great cosmic reality of salvation.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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