Expect Miracles: Introduction. Trials and Tribulations.

Dear brothers and sisters,

This weekend, as we begin the Advent season and the new liturgical year, we are starting a new series called “Expect Miracles,” which will take us right up to Christmas. The Incarnation was a miracle. God became flesh through Mary’s ascent to become the Mother of God. Through the Christmas story, the people who expect miracles – and are on the lookout for God – experience miracles and experience the joy of the Incarnation. The people who are not looking for God’s activity miss out on it. In this series we will encourage people of our parish to expect miracles in their lives this Christmas season.

As we begin this series, we will invite you to dive into the story of Christmas – Scripture passages related our preparation to celebrate the joy of the season. We encourage you to take them to prayer and to small groups. This week’s Scripture is Mark 4:35-41.

  1. What are some wonderful things you would like to see happen this Christmas?

  2. Mark Batterson notes, “Everyone wants a miracle, but no one wants to be in a situation that requires a miracle.” What are your thoughts on that quote?

  3. Read aloud Mark 4:35-41. Then have someone read aloud again a second time. What words or phrases pop out as you heard the reading?

  4. Have you ever been in an experience like the disciples when you thought you were going to die? If so, what happened?

  5. Do any areas of your life feel like they are being tossed about by wind and waves? If so, what are they? What situations require a miracle?

  6. Read aloud verse 39. What does Jesus say to the wind and waves?

  7. Jesus challenges the disciples to greater faith. How is your faith in Jesus right now?

This week we will invite you to consider a miracle that you are expecting this season. We are passing out cards after all Masses, just for yourself, to write down what comes to mind. In a small group setting, we invite you to share and to pray about what you are expecting.

This Saturday December 8 is a Holy Day, the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Masses will be on Friday December 7 at 5 pm and Saturday December 8 at 12 noon. I hope to see everyone there. Also, many thanks to our Youth Ministry and Religious Education programs for organizing our annual Thanksgiving collections. 195 coats and blankets donated to Valor and Street to Feet, 10 Thanksgiving baskets were given out to 10 families, and 15 boxes of food to Bushkill Outreach. Thank you to all our parishioners for your generosity!

With blessings,

Fr. Reichlen

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