Dear Brother Knights,
We are rapidly approaching the end of the calendar year and what a year it has been. There are so many ways in which we are hoping next year will be a better one. Let’s make sure that it is better spiritually for us as well as all the other ways we want 2021 to be better. The Lord loves us and wants us to love him as well. As we read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
With that love and grace from God in our hearts, we can do anything. We are tasked with becoming the ‘movers and shakers’ in our world. We often think that the only things that get done are initiated by the “big impersonal governments” or by those un-named “They”, who do things. It’s the small little actions of the world that make the biggest changed in our world. Saint Theresa of Calcutta (aka Mother Theresa) didn’t start out as some high-powered person with all the right contacts. She was a member of the Sisters of Loreta, in Ireland and was quite happy in her life there. It was on one of her missionary trips that she first heard the call to ministry to the poor. And, like we heard of Mary at the annunciation, she said yes to God’s call. That yes, made all the difference.
Are you ready to say “Yes” to God? He may not be calling you to give your life to the poor like St Mother Theresa but until you say Yes, you won’t know, will you? Most of us can say “Yes” to god every day in little things that don’t turn out to be global news, but which can make a huge difference to individuals around us. Does your spouse need your attention? Is a co-worker feeling a need? Does a parishioner feel alone or distant from God and others? When you are presented with these situations, that may be God giving you an opportunity to say “Yes” to a need He is presenting to you. Don’t be afraid. God is with you. He is waiting for you, just as we are waiting for him in this season of advent.
On another note, I want to bring a few things to your attention.
There will be a new format for our meetings going forward. We will discuss this and implement the new format in the new year. There are not too many big changes, but I’ll go over them in January with the members.
This month, instead of an executive meeting on the last Tuesday of the month, we will have a Zoom social. Join us on Zoom or by phone, Tuesday, December 29 at 7:00 pm for a gathering of friends and family (all are welcome). Do you have a talent you want to share? Can you sing a song? Can you tell a story? Are you good at jokes? Let me know and I’ll make sure you get your moment to share your talent with the rest of us. So, rosin up that bow, tune that guitar, warm up your singing voice (or your story-telling voice), dig out those dancing shoes. Let’s all share in the joy of the Season of Christmas this year virtually.
I will send the link next week by email to all the knights so you don’t have to type in all those letters and numbers. Or you can just open up zoom, click “Join a meeting” and enter the meeting id and passcode.