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Advent - A Season of Hope
In our times, which seem so dark, Pope Francis said we often feel “lost in the face of the wickedness and the violence that surround us.” We may even feel “discouraged, because we feel powerless, and it seems the darkness might never end.”
But we should never give up hope, he continued, “because God, with His love, journeys with us, He does not leave us alone, and the Lord Jesus has overcome evil, and opened up the path of life.”
It is important to reflect on hope during this season of Advent, when we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Pope Francis based his reflection primarily on a passage from Isaiah, in which God tells the prophet, first, to console his people, and then to “make straight the path of the Lord.”
This prophetic message was addressed to
the people of Israel when they were living the tragedy of the exile in Babylon,
when they had been taken out of their own land and deprived of their freedom and
dignity, and even their trust in God. But the call of the prophet, the Pope
said, “opens their hearts anew to faith.” It is precisely in the desert that
they hear his call, it is precisely there that a new journey “can be made in
order to return not only to their homeland, but to God.”
“Let us allow ourselves, then,” the Pope concluded, “to teach hope, to faithfully await the coming of the Lord, and whatever desert we might have in our life will become a flowering garden.”
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