First Sunday Of Advent: Sunday Reflection

Joseph Jablonski

Dear Jerry,

“Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”

The first reading and the psalm response quoted above introduce the sense of Advent. Life without God is unbearable, but life with God is completely transformed and filled with hope.

As Christians, our hope comes from taking on God’s perspective of us. Whenever we look at ourselves as if we were apart from God, then all we feel is shame, like Adam and Eve who after sinning, realized that they were naked and hid from God. However, if we look at ourselves from God’s perspective, seeing ourselves as beloved, even though sinful children, we have hope in ourselves and others.

In Advent we remember that God has so loved us that he sent his Son to save us and that he will come again. We don’t allow the political, religious, economic, ecological and social crises that we live in, to rob us of hope in ourselves and in humanity. We know that God is with us always waiting to come again in each creative action we take. Each day as we struggle in hope to allow God’s work in and through us to transform human history, we are living as Advent people. We believe in ourselves and in humanity because God has become one with us and will be with us until the end.

Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC

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