The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent begins with the focus on the theme of hope. To our ancestors, this was a time when worry about food to get them through the winter was very much on their minds. It was a time to reflect on the fragility of life and yet in the midst of this, to find hope in the birth of Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate on Dec. 25.

To reflect on hope is to turn our attention to the troubles that surround us. Political battles being waged, environmental destruction, war, are just a few of the things that make me feel “hopeless”. The problems of the world seem too overwhelming and so sometimes I find myself looking to avoid having to really see what is before me.

I suspect I am not alone in that sentiment. My personal feeling is that Black Fridays are a way of glossing over what really challenges us so that we can wade through “stuff” to avoid looking at the “truth” of what is around us. It is like a drug to lull us into complacency during this season.

But Advent calls us to get out of that dark hole and pay attention. To direct our energies to what is around us, good and bad, Advent is an invitation  to  awaken to a new way of seeing life. We celebrate the birth of Christ each year because He renews in us a way of being in the world. To follow him is to put our foot forward towards change that helps others.

When we decide to make a small change in our world, with the help of Christ, we bring hope not only to ourselves but to others around us.

 

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