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The Weekend of November 28, 2021

November 28, 2021


Dear People of God,

Our Advent Season has begun! Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. What are we waiting and preparing for this Advent season? It is easy to become frenetic and worried about our long “to do” lists as Christmas draws near. Christmas is more than the birth of Jesus into our world for we also celebrate the inbreaking of God already in our midst. We need to let the cradle rock the world and touch our lives at the deepest level. What is Advent’s real meaning?

The following story offers a unique perspective regarding Advent’s real purpose – an angle to put the Season into a fresh light.

A few weeks ago, what began as a typical Saturday turned into one where I discovered an important life lesson.

I tuned into a swap net on my ham radio and I came across a man discussing something about “a thousand marbles.”

“The average person lives about 75 years,” he said. “I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their life.

“It took me until I was 55 years old to realize this and that I had already lived more than 2,800 Saturdays. If I lived to be 75, I only had about 1,000 of them left to enjoy.”

“So I went to a toy store and bought every marble they had. I ended up having to visit three stores to round up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container.

“Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused on the important things in life.

“There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.

“This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And one thing we can all use is a little more time.”

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about.

Afterwards, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.” “What brought this on?” she asked with a smile. “Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Anyway, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”

And by the way, Advent season is a marvelous opportunity to make Sunday Mass a firm weekly commitment – one marble at a time – for those who have not “lost their marbles!”


                                                                                 A blessed Advent journey,

                                                                                           Fr. Greg


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