Advent: Pondering the Light of Hope

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WISE MEN STILL FIND JESUS NEAR HIS MOTHER

She who conceived the Light of the World, received also the HOPE of Salvation.

Like Bishop Barron explains of today’s reading, “Advent is the season of waiting. We place ourselves in the position of those who, over the centuries, waited for the coming of the Messiah. With them, we cry out, “How long, O Lord?”

Though Jesus fulfilled the expectations of his people, nevertheless we still wait. The liturgy states it very clearly: “as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” In one of the Eucharistic prayers, we find, “as we await his coming in glory…” The Creed says, “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” And the very last words of the New Testament are “Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”

What do we make of all of this? Do we really think that he is going to come again and walk on the earth? We stay awake in our waiting if we pray on a regular basis; if we educate ourselves in the faith; if we participate in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist; if we perform the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; if we become people of love.”

We become His Apostles of Love when we draw nearer to Jesus, allowing him to conceive in our hearts all that is needed to produced the fullness of Hope, in our lives and the lives of every one we meet.

This Advent, when we light the candle of Hope, let us remember how Mary patiently waited and ponder how we might bear in our lives this same witness of nurturing the Hope of Salvation.

Scriptures for Reflection:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120317.cfm

Have a Blessed and Hopeful first day of Advent!

Until the Day Dawns and the Shadows flee,

🌹 Kim

#WakingEve #Sheerah724 #Advent #OComeEmmanuel

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