Sunday, December 18, 2016
OH WHAT A RELIEF IT IS!
This year Advent is the longest it can be. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent we have an entire week more of Advent weekdays until Christmas which is next Sunday. Oh, what a relief!
But next year, Christmas Day is on Monday, which means that Advent is the shortest possible it can be as the 4th Sunday of Advent is Christmas Eve and poor priests will be overworked. No relief next year and I am exhausted already thinking about it!
Wouldn't it be nice if Christmas fell on Sunday each year? In fact, maybe Christmas, like other Catholic Holy Days of Obligation, should be transferred to the nearest Sunday, let's say, the last Sunday of December and The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God to the following Sunday, the first Sunday in January. Then New Year's Day, would simply be a secular holiday of drunken debauchery as it should be.
Then, we poor, over worked priests wouldn't have to be so busy during the week when Christmas falls on any other day than a Sunday.
Next year we poor priests will have to celebrate all our Sunday Masses because the 4th Sunday of Advent is the last day of Advent and also Christmas Eve and Christmas falls on a Monday! Can you imagine how exhausted we will be?!
Thus I will have to have my normal two Masses on Sunday morning next year and then two Christmas Eve night and then one on Christmas Day! How bad is that!?
The only thing that we pastors might balk at when Christmas is transferred to the last Sunday of December is that we will lose the huge Christmas Eve and Day collection when it falls during a Sunday as we will next Sunday. This, of course, is a tragedy of immense proportions!
So on second thought, let's just keep Christmas on December 25 but make sure everyone goes on the 24th no matter what day of the week and then only each 7 years or so will our collections be diminished when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.
I'm glad I got that out of my system.