Living in Hope. The purple Prophet’s candle we lit on the Advent wreath this past Sunday reminds us to have hope. During this liturgical season of vigilance, of waiting and watching, we prepare our hearts for our hope.
When Christ came to earth 2,000 years ago, I’m sure he encountered a world like the one we live in today. One far from God and full of anxiety. But the lives of many people of Christ’s time were devoid of meaning because God had not yet sent his Son into the world. Believers had to have hope in God’s promises. It must have been especially hard in the waiting, wondering how God’s people would be saved.
Dear God, by Your word, all things are sanctified. During this season of waiting, pour forth Your blessing upon us and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. May we receive Your abundant graces. All glory is Yours now and forever.Amen
Today, as then, our world often lives as if Christ had never come to earth. God has shown us the way through Jesus. Our hope is not lost. Christ is our hope!