Thoughts at year's end

Advent 2013

The approach of the end of another year is often a time for pause and reflection. Do we find anything amongst the embers of the year that encourages us to maintain Christian hope?

- By Larraine Crow RSJ

In times of tragedy, disaster, greed, or personal hardships it is often difficult to find reasons to hope. Integrity, honesty, decency and respect for the human person can, at times, seem to be things of the past. Yet in the often small, even insignificant actions of ordinary people in ordinary ways it is possible to see the Reign of God break into our world.

As events unfold across a year we can wonder ‘where is God in this?’ The tragedies, violence, injustice, and despair we see around us either leave us less able to live in the light of the Lord, or more determined in whatever way may be possible for us to spread light into the dark places of the world, and particularly among those around us.

Just a short time ago, in the Preface of the Mass of Christ the King we heard what seems to me to be a description of what the reign of God is like – the world as God meant it to be – a kingdom of truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace.

Advent, more than any other season is rooted in hope – we wait in joyful hope. In Advent we await God’s coming – usually interpreted as the second coming. For many of us, in many aspects of our lives, I suspect we haven’t yet completely come to grips with the first coming. Advent can be a good reminder of the promises of God.

The call of the Gospel is to bring about the reign of God, to work to spread faith, light, holiness, grace, justice, love and peace - to live courageously, to be all God called us to be, open to discovering the seeds of a new world already present around us.

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