Today Father Martin presided at the Parish Mass whilst I concelebrated, read the Gospel and preached. Our Intercessions were led by Ann. In my sermon I pointed out that the colour of the day was pink or rose. I talked about how pink was a colour of Joy, a joy shared by all little girls who loved pink especially our 3 granddaughters. We are now half way through the Advent Season and this Sunday the pink candle of the Advent wreath was lit to remind us of that. We need to remember that the word JOY reminded us that we should put Jesus first, others next and yourself last. John the Baptist put Jesus first as he proclaimed that we should repent and that he was sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. This was our task; to prepare our contacts, the people we mix with day by day, so they, and we, would be ready when Jesus comes again. In the meanwhile we have opportunity to meet him every time we come to Mass for he is present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.