This past week we had two funerals one for Marvin Schill (in Auburndale) and the other was for Jeffrey Belongia (in Blenker). I would invite you to keep both of them in your prayers, also the families of these two, too. May God bless them and be with them in this time of loss and pain.
I would like to thank you all for your wishes and prayers on my Birthday. The party held in Hewitt was great, and thank you all the PCCW ladies of St. Michael’s, and also my thanks to the PCCW in St. Mary’s and St. Kilian’s. That was a good day I had, thanks to your prayers and wishes.
We are already in the second week of the season of Advent. As I told you last week, kindly try to make your confession during the times scheduled or making an appointment. We will be in the Christmas Eve before we could know it. So, make this Christmas a better one than the other years.
Once a man was searching for something under the street light. He looked desperate and frustrated. Another man who was observing him for a long time thought that the man was frustrated because he might have lost something very important. So, with a will to help him, he approached him and said, “Hello friend, I have been looking at you for a while. You are searching for something that you lost, and I figure that you lost something important to you. Could you tell me what you lost and where exactly did you lose it, so that I can search with you to help you find what you lost?” The searcher said, “Oh! That is so very kind of you. Yes, I lost my wedding ring when I was doing some work inside my house. Would you help me find it out?” The helper was bewildered and asked him, “Okay if you lost it in your house, you should search for it inside your hose. But how come you are searching for it here?” The searcher solemnly replied, “Yes, you are right. But it is dark inside and it is bright with the street light here. Could you search anything in the dark and find it? You should search where there is light, so it will be easy for you to find in the light. That is why I am searching here”. The helper was astounded by his logic and quietly left away.
Most of the time this is what we do. We lose something somewhere and look for it elsewhere. Take for example, God, religion, morality, faith, discipline and many more. We have lost God from within ourselves and from our lives. We need to look for Him within. But what we do is we look for Him everywhere except where we lost Him, never to find Him. We have lost Him in our liturgy and sacraments and we look for Him elsewhere. We have lost Him in our families and we look for Him elsewhere. We have lost Him in our schools and we look for Him elsewhere. We have lost Him in our society and we look for Him elsewhere. Do you think we will ever find Him, if we look for Him in places other than where we lost Him? Never ever it will happen. We need to look for Him where we lost Him.
We need to look for Him in ourselves, in our liturgies and sacraments, in our families, in our schools, and in our society, and any other places we have lost Him. If we try to find Him in any man-made materials, our search will never end up with a desired result. As we are in the season of Advent, let us try hard to look for Him after figuring out where we have lost Him.
Have a blessed advent. Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus, Fr. A. Antony