Weekend Reflections for 12/7/18
The first readings for the liturgies of Sundays in Advent are all from the prophets describing how different our world will be when God fulfills His promise and returns to visit us. He will bring eternal love and peace, justice and reconciliation, fulfillment and joy. All of creation will be in harmony and rejoice in His presence.
We are called to deepen our faith in a better future for ourselves, all of humanity and all of creation.
In the second reading we hear St. Paul’s assurance to the Christians in Philippi:
“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” It’s a reminder that God always takes the initiative with us gifting us with faith and the desire for union with Him. During Advent we are encouraged to let the Lord complete us, to say Yes to His activity in our person and lives and then, like Mary, to let it be done.
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.