The Advent of Our Lives

“Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience.

“The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.

“May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives.”

 — Connections, 11-28-93

Today is the 2nd Sunday of Advent

St. Josemaría Escrivá wrote “Our responsibility is great … We have to act in such a way that others will be able to say, when they meet us: This man is a Christian, because he does not hate, because he is willing to understand, because he is not a fanatic, because he is willing to make sacrifices, because he shows that he is a man of peace, because he knows how to love.”

Perhaps, in many cases, today’s world does not await anything at all. Or it waits facing in a direction from which nobody will come. Many people have thrown themselves heart and soul into possessing material things as if these were their reasons for existing. But their hearts will never be satisfied with these things. We have to show the way to such people and to everyone.

Our family, friends, fellow employees…any of those people with whom we come in contact frequently, should be the first to benefit from our love for God. With our example and our prayer we should reach even people we do not have the chance to talk to. We should never forget that it is God’s grace, and not our human strength or ability, that can move souls towards the babe that was born in a manger.

In one of my favorite songs in any genre, Michael W. Smith sings

For the world to know the truth
There can be no greater proof
Than to live the life, live the life
[ … ]
Be a light for all to see
For every act of love will set you free

Nobody can give what they do not have. Do whatever is necessary this Advent season to cultivate that “hope, transformation and fulfillment” into not just your own life, but in turn into the lives of others.


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