The countdown to Christmas continues! For all of us it is a very special time of year, but especially for the children in our midst. Their sense of awe and excitement and anticipation are contagious and add to the specialness of this most sacred season.
An old adage says, “Every time a child is born, it is a sign that God is not yet tired of his world.” Children are such a gift to our families, our parish and our world. We pray that the reforms that have been enacted in the Church and those that will come from the meeting of Pope Francis with representatives of the Conferences of Catholic Bishops from around the world in February will ensure that children are protected and loved in the Church. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and guidance for our Pope and bishops as they prepare for this very important and long overdue meeting. “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”
In the name of our parish and our school I commit all of our energies to safeguarding, protecting and nurturing the children in our midst. Each is precious in the eyes of God and in our eyes at Christ the King. We welcome their presence at Mass, in our parish school and our religious education classes. I cannot imagine a parish without children!
The wonderful parishioners who help to distribute Holy Communion at Sunday Masses are no longer sitting in the very front pews. They now sit with families and friends in the congregation. The front pews in church are available to everyone, but especially to families with small children. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Bring the children to the first pews and the front of the church so that they can see all that takes place at Mass and share in its joy and beauty.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of a child who was born in a stable and who made himself vulnerable, let us recommit ourselves to care for the children in our midst and treasure and protect them as they deserve to be treasured and protected. May this care go beyond our parish boundaries and extend to all the children of the world. Thank you to the many parishioners who have done this in a very concrete way by reaching out to the children of Haiti through our parish’s Bridge to Bois de Lance initiative.
Through the eyes of our children let us celebrate this season with the awe, excitement and anticipation that it deserves!
See you at Mass!