Notes from the Pastor
January 21, 2018
- Thank you to Bishop Weisenburger for joining us last Saturday for a beautiful statue dedication, a holy-spirit filled Mass and a reception, hosted by our Spanish Ministry. Everyone was delighted to get a chance to hear him preach.
- Thank you as well to Bishop Emeritus Kicanas for taking over at the Mass and Dinner with the Bishop that our knights hosted this past weekend. This dinner honored our very own Msgr. Al, certainly a well-deserved honor.
- The bishop’s appeal went out this week—look for it in your mail if you are a registered parishioner; otherwise, use the forms contained later in this bulletin.
- Finally, a parishioner shared this with me:
Many years ago, when I was young and in full voice, I sang in choir Joseph Clokely’s anthem, “Two Kings.” The melodic line was lovely, especially with the brass accompaniment, and I reveled in the sound, as singers can do, without thinking much about the lyrics. But, it was they which, with the passage of time, have stuck with me, coming to the fore at Christmastime. The opening words suppose that “his majesty, our sovereign lord” - an earthly king - had invited himself for dinner at the home of one of his subjects. There would be much ado! “Set the fine Spanish tables in the hall, see they are fitted all; let there be room to eat, and orders taken, that they want no meat! See every sconce and candlestick made bright, that without tapers they may give a light!”.
At that point, the triumphantly upbeat music takes a downturn, changing key, thinning the brass, and slowing the tempo, to reflect a change of focus on a very different kind of king: “But, at the coming of the king of heaven, all is set at six and seven,”— the reference being to an old saying indicating persons in a quandary. “Christ cannot find a chamber at the inn.” Yes, that’s what happened. But it was “then”. So why the words, delivered “Staccato” for emphasis, “we wallow in our sin”? We?
Well, yes. Christ came into history two thousand years ago, but in a sense he is still coming to each person individually. And that coming too often finds us at sixes and sevens, as the anthem concludes: “We entertain Him always like a stranger, and as at first, still lodge him in the manger…”
May he always find lodging in our hearts…”
Words to keep in mind,