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St. John the Baptist

516 De Pere Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 am
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Reverend Paul Paider

St. Mary

528 Second Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 6:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 and 10:30 am
Tuesday and Friday 8:10 am
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4:00 PM - Children's Mass & Pageant - SJ
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8:00 AM - SJ
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Advent Week 3.jpgAdvent 2014 - Weekly Reflection -- Week Three: Rejoice

This 3rd week of Advent begins with a command: "Rejoice!" Remember as a kid being told by your parents, "Smile!" Do you do that to your kids, much to their annoyance? Oh, how that drove me crazy when I was younger. As an adult though, I've come to realize that I need another voice to remind me, firmly but lovingly, to smile. See the good. Allow yourself to feel joy. Recognize the blessings. Smile. Rejoice! I have to be commanded into it sometimes.

Why is it so much easier to frown? Why does it seem to come more naturally to see the bad, feel the flaws, and focus on what's lacking? Without getting into a whole theological explanation, the simple answer is this: we are fallen human beings. Creatures made in the image of God, we are laid low by our inheritance of Original Sin and daily personal habits of sin. We exist in a fallen, flawed world that will always provide ample reason to frown or doubt or be disappointed. We have to climb up, scramble to the heights, if we want to see the joy. Make your way to higher ground! That is the call hidden in the command to rejoice.

It is not an escape from suffering or the belief that with Jesus in our lives we can enjoy all the successes and earthly blessings we might hope for (which is a common message among some Christians that explicitly rejects Jesus' own words in the Gospel). Rather, it is a choice to see all and experience all from the perspective of a soul that belongs to God. That soul can choose joy. That soul can possess the joy that is not dependent on emotions or earthly circumstances. That soul knows that even in the worst situations, God has not left them and the immeasurable treasure of heaven still awaits them.

Advent is filled with Scripture readings focused on repentance. Recognize our sins, turn from them, and seek forgiveness is the repeated message. The command to repent arises from our reason to rejoice though: MERCY. If God was not a God of mercy, there would be no cause to repent, nor to rejoice. But He is a God of mercy! Endless, abundant mercy that gives our tired muscles the strength to climb. Because of mercy, repentance and rejoicing are two sides of the same coin. They are two ropes knotted together to which you can grab a firm hold as you climb to the higher ground of freedom and peace in Jesus Christ. Supported by mercy, turned toward the light and away from sin, we can stand and rejoice. We can sing out with Mary, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior!" (Luke 1:46-47)


- Carrie Sue Barnes -
Parish Life Coordinator

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