Dec 2, 2020
This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. This week we begin our journey to the glorious morning of Christmas! Yet how easy it will be to allow ourselves to become sidetracked, to become distracted, to find our attention waning with all that goes into planning for the holidays. But Sacred Scripture tells us to “Be Watchful! Be Alert!” So dear brothers and sisters, over these next four weeks, be on guard. Advent reminds us that nowis the time to transform our lives, to be more consistent with prayer, to spend quality time with loved ones, and to help the poor and needy. Remember that no sin is greater than God’s mercy. Gently and lovingly pray for those who have wandered from the Church to return home for Christmas. Do not put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today.