Advent Invigorates Christian Hope

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

As you may be aware, the Church reflects on the Word of God in three cycles; A, B and C. In cycle A, we read the gospel of St. Mathew, cycle B we read from St. Mark and cycle C our attention is the gospel of St. Luke. St. John’s gospel is mostly read in all the three cycles most especially  during the time leading to Easter and soon after Easter.  We have just completed cycle C, and that moves us to cycle A. We pray that as we reflect and allow Jesus to speak to us through the gospel of St. Mathew this year, God guides us still on this journey, till we are with Him in the glory of heaven.

Over the course of the year, the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ, from the Incarnation to Pentecost Day and the days of waiting for the Advent of the Lord (Vatican Council II, SC # 102). It is now Advent season, and you will notice a priest putting on purple vestments as one of the changes vividly noticeable during this time. Purple vestments signify
hope. What spices up the life of a Christian is hope. As people on the journey, we are hopeful people; and Jesus; the Emmanuel is the very source and the apex of the Christian hope.

Advent as we may already know has a twofold character, for it is a time for preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.

May we therefore gladly prepare to celebrate Christmas with joy, and at the same time not forget that at the end of time, the Lord Jesus, is coming in Glory. I wish you a very fruitful four weeks of Advent And may these lead you to the meaningful celebration of Christmas.

Your Brother on the Journey,
Fr. David