A Season of Hope
Each year, the first candle we light on the Advent wreath is the candle of hope. On Sunday we listened to the prophet Isaiah. In his prophecy, the voice of God is heard, saying “Be glad and rejoice forever in that which I am about to do!” (Is 65:18) Isaiah spoke to a people under great stress. They had no guarantees of health, safety or political stability. Yet, the prophet foretold God was “just about to do” something that would bring deep gladness to God’s people. Centuries later, those who knew Jesus reflected on promises like this one and saw their fulfillment in Mary’s holy child.
This Advent we may struggle to hope. The scripture invites us to join our hearts with the faithful over millennia who found strength in looking forward. Imagine with the prophet what God is just about to do!