An Advent Homily
December 10th, 2009
As our special models and guides during this liturgical period of Advent, the Church invites us to listen to Our Lady, John the Baptist and Isaiah.
Each in his own particular way will help us to better understand this special period of “waiting” and of “expectation”.
The first Scripture Lesson read at mass today (Isaiah 41:13.20) contains language which describes in a very colorful setting the transformation that will take place with the coming of the Messiah.
The whole world will rejoice and the Peace, Justice and Abundance associated with the Presence of God will be present for everyone to see and experience.
Underlying all of this is the principal virtue of the Advent Season: Hope! Hope is one of the three Theological Virtues which accompanies all those who believe in the Messiah.
In this selection from Isaiah, God tells us: “Fear not, I will help you.” (15-16)
Today, however, so many of our contemporaries no longer hope; they have resigned themselves to despair, endless anxiety and fear. A cynical and jaded outlook is very common, even among young people.
The only time and lasting remedy for this despair is the virtue of Hope, a hope that is to be found, not in vague promises of “better days to come”, but in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Promised Messiah.
He who is the Son of God and the Son of Mary, “the Promised of God” can give to each person what is truly needed in our time: hope, peace and joy.
May we live these days of Advent in a spirit of hope, knowing that, true to the prophecy: “a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall name Him Emmanuel: God Is With Us.” (Isaiah 7:14)