Just as John the Baptist called us to Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, in last Sunday’s gospel, the recent rains have revealed the leaves that were covered by the snow; leaves that didn’t get raked and bagged or burned.
In a way, this Advent is a time to uncover (our leaves) …. what needs to be brought to God in Confession. The busyness of life, the many ways we can distract ourselves can contribute to our avoiding this work.
We might be self-conscious about facing our waywardness, but this season of Advent is our time to be renewed, to be encouraged to start anew.
Just like the leaves beneath the snow revealed by the rain, God’s grace is being showered down upon us today, opening our minds and hearts to face what only God can heal and make right.
And, if we still wonder if it’s too good to be true, we have Jesus’ parable of the shepherd’s care for the one lost sheep, one of one hundred!
About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!