Beacon of hope


Second Sunday

Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Ps 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Phil 1: 4-6, 8-11; Lk 3: 1-6

I find today’s Mass readings very meaningful and beautiful…. They are sure to strike a chord with you too, for they talk about hope.

The hopes we commonly express are untainted optimism; we use the word in a careless sort of way.

On the other hand, today’s Readings express an authentic hope, a hope grounded on God’s eternity and Christ’s Resurrection. These are the ultimate truths that bring meaning to our existence. God’s plan becomes plain; we see how He loves and cares for us. We begin to see His presence in world history and in our personal history. We learn to put aside romantic ideas of a life free of sorrow and pain and learn to face life with fortitude….

Not for nothing did Jesus assume our flesh and our weaknesses.

Truly, Advent readings are a beacon of hope in this valley of tears.

Have a blessed second Sunday of Advent!