An Advent Message from the Country Priest

I always get a little uncomfortable when people begin to refer to “God’s plan” in life’s challenging moments.  It feels as if there is only one option available to us in discernment.  If we happen to make a choice that is not in alignment with whatever course God has in mind – we are lost.  Rather, I believe that God is always working with us in our decision making and in the direction our lives take and even if we stray, God continues to work with us in leading us to freedom and fearlessness.

The theology of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the reassurance that when God has something definite in mind for humankind he will prepare the background beforehand.  The Virgin Mary was selected by God even before her conception to serve in a miraculous way and that knowledge should bring you courage that if God has something specific in mind – it will happen.  If this idea interests you I offer you my homiletic reflections from this year’s feast.

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2 Responses to An Advent Message from the Country Priest

  1. Gus Gocella says:

    Father Matt, I like the word uncomfortable better than lost. Of course, the Sisters of St. Joseph taught us to reconcile or confess whenever we ‘stray’, and God will ‘hear’ us every time. He then will work with us to keep us going to the correct destination with the GPS, God’s Positioning System. BUON NATALE!

  2. Chris says:

    Thank you, Father Matt. You were my priest in Capitola and I have found great insight and comfort then and continue to listen to the Word through you from Texas. Please keep publishing and broadcasting.

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