The Advent of Hope
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a land as dark as death a light has dawned. You have increased their joy and given them gladness. They rejoice in your presence as those who rejoice in harvest, as warriors exult when dividing spoil.” (Isaiah 9:1-2) As we light our Advent wreaths, may Christ our light brighten our way and guide us with His truth. As we await for His coming, may His promise of salvation bring life in the darkness of our world.
As we make preparations for the season, may we set aside a time when we can gather around our own Advent wreaths to express our hope in the coming of our Savior who is a our light and life. We recall the stories of the people of faith who waited for centuries for the coming of the Saviour. We open our hearts and minds to embrace the mystery of the coming of Christ into our daily lives, through the events that happen in our history, through our encounter with one another in relationships, through the ministry of the Church and through grace-filled rites of the Sacraments. We look forward to the parousia: the day when Christ’s kingdom will finally be established.
Advent recalls the first coming of Christ to our world. It also directs our minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time. Advent is a season of joyful expectation and spiritual hope.
As we begin the liturgical calendar, we look for new beginnings. We join together in expressing our hope for a new beginning in terms of our own journey of faith. We strive to live the values of God’s kingdom in our life, despite the problems and difficulties we encounter in our personal lives. We seek out ways and means to be closer with our own God through the people we encounter in our lives.
Our best preparation for Christ’s coming into our lives would be to make our life open to do God’s work as we continue to do our respective duties and responsibilities in life.