Advent is a penitential season for this reason. If. Do not love the world or the things in the world. It is time for Catholics to live their counter-cultural mission through the life of the Church, so that all the world may be brought to Christ through the witness of our lives and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We can’t rush it, but inevitably, year after year, spring follows winter. It is not visible, political or violent. Yes, it is counter-cultural and foreign. What are we preparing for exactly? We must remember that Christ is our greatest gift. She is passionate about beauty, working towards holiness, the Sacraments, and all things Catholic. Can our neighbors tell we love the Lord, serve Him, and live the Catholic life fully? Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be. However, we are to be thankful for our government and pray for them. Pay close attention to advertisements and commercials this time of year and throughout the year. The world where we find hope. This is a battle all of us wage as we fight our desire for lower goods over our ultimate good: God. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. To hope, hope for, expect, trust. As Pope John Paul II put it, ‘Christ is the source of hope for the whole world ... Jesus Christ is our hope.’ Lord, I will not be afraid because you are with me. Advent reminds us that this is not our home and that we can only be fulfilled through communion with the Most Holy Trinity. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. And his name will be the hope of all the world. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be. Where is our life right now? We cannot enter into this mystery if we are distracted by worldly desires. But heaven is not earth, for the Lord taught that we are to lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matthew 6:19). Have we made a concerted effort, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to focus on waiting for Christ during Advent? Hope is not about peace of mind. What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. World Vision responded to 143 disasters and humanitarian emergencies in 44 countries, invested $689 million in relief, and helped about … Constance T. Hull is a wife, mother, homeschooler, and a graduate with an M.A. Hope must be practiced. The joy of Christmas is much deeper than a fleeting happiness found in a new gift. Can we be ready in this craziness? One way we do this is by living Advent and cutting back on the material aspects of our Christmas preparations. The problem is, that far too many of us Catholics are also enslaved by this aspect of our culture. © Copyright 2021 Catholic Exchange. It is to help us consider if there is another way and whether or not we truly believe our hope dwells outside of this world. Her desire is to live the wonder so passionately preached in the works of G.K. Chesterton and to share that with her daughter and others. The problem is, we then miss the period of waiting and we often end up ready to end Christmas on December 25th. Is it the Living God we seek or merely pleasures and a type of happiness, which is a shadow of joy? But heaven is not earth, for the Lord taught that we are to lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth (Matthew 6:19). This is an understandable mentality in wealthier nations, only because we have been inundated with this message since childhood. My hope is in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, who sits at the right hand of God. The transfoming truth from this passage is that "We’re not home yet!" Yes, we want to celebrate and to a certain extent that cannot be avoided, but we should be actively living Advent. My point here is not to denigrate the giving side of the upcoming (no it is not Christmas, yet) Christmas season. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. It is a promise from God Himself. hope, Ephesians 1:12,13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ…. GEORGE ELIOT (more George Eliot quotes) The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. They are enslaved by the notion that buying one more item or one more gift will fulfill them. I’m gonna take it further, our hope is not in a president. There is a lot more time for prayer and the Sacraments when we are not overwhelmed in a shopping line at countless stores. In paring back, and focusing on Christ in Advent, I am more prepared for the realities offered in the mystery of Christmas. Most of us are used to setting up our Christmas Trees and heading straight into the cultural version of the Christmas season right after Thanksgiving. Hope must be welcomed. Christmas is about Him after all and not about me. "And now, O LORD, for what do I wait? His rule of righteousness. May Our Lord guide you and me to Himself through this period of waiting in joyful hope. Hope doesn’t arrive on our front doorstep. In the Latin Rite, Christmas Day lasts eight days in the Octave and the season ends at the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. Study these 20 Bible verses about hope, and discover how we find hope, gain hope, and maintain our hope in Christ alone. Circle “hope” in verse 3, and then circle “reserved in heaven” in verse 4. All rights reserved. So the psalmist ends his complaint by throwing himself into the arms of the Divine mercy, and unreservedly submitting himself to God's will. But that “hope” (1 Peter 1:3) is “reserved in heaven” (1 Peter 1:4; cf. I want you to open your Bible now this morning to John’s gospel. Our hope is confident expectation of salvation not wrath. Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural - Comparative. Alone, but, only. His new rule is not a visible, worldly kingdom. Advent Stations by Fr. What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. God is our God! Buying item X will bring you happiness, joy, comfort, or pleasure. Neuter of monos as adverb; merely. 15 With Jesus’ help we will continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by telling others of the glory of his name. So we do not lose heart. I know I have in the past and still do depending on the food being advertised. Decide right here and now, at this very moment, to fix your hope on the rock-solid promises of God and all of these verses can be literally claimed by you. Each day I wake up feeling like the world I live in, has become so cruel, so disheartening and sorrow filled. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. Our neighbors are overwhelmed and overburdened. Hope is action. Hope must be welcomed. Hope must be an active word in our vocabulary. Are our preparations centered on Christ or are they focused largely on external elements? Hope requires personal risk. There is an endless array of distractions, colors, dazzling displays, and blaring Christmas music telling us this is the “most wonderful time of the year”, and yet, everyone seems harried, hurried, unpleasant, and overwhelmed. Heaven is not of this world. We need to spend time examining where our hope truly lies. A man, one of the human race. We have an opportunity to deepen our own spiritual journey and to bring our neighbors along if we willingly enter into the season of Advent. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc. Therefore, “let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. She is also published at The Federalist, Public Discourse, and blogs frequently at Swimming the Depths (www.swimmingthedepths.com). Advent is the time when we prepare for Christmas in a physical and a spiritual manner. We will never be ashamed for placing our hope in Him because He has the power to deliver us out of all our troubles. Is Christ firmly at the center of our Christmas celebration? It is not about the right attitude. From zao; life. How often do you feel the need for a cheeseburger after a Hardee’s commercial? The problem is, that far too many of us Catholics are also enslaved by this aspect of our culture. His plans will not be thwarted and his people will not be overcome. . Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural. Our 401K does not … The irresistible conclusion, then, is this: the one hope for the child of God is not upon this earth, but is exclusively in heaven. The hope of heaven changes the way we view this world. God will lead us out into the deep, if we let Him. Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural. It is supposed be the upcoming celebration of Our Lord’s Birth; or these days, the winter solstice? (Believers) The government is not our God. We ourselves have been inundated by the consumerism and materialism of our age. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. John 17:14-16 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. It is to help us fix our gaze on Christ in hope that He will come again and that we will soon celebrate the astonishing mystery of the Incarnation. The Finality Of Death Hope, Nature Of Bones Hope, Results Of Its Absence Pessimism Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. The Great Commission is the Sum & Substance of Our Calling. John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. In order to prepare for the great Solemnity of Christmas, we must silence our hearts and minds. We have to make a willful choice to cut back and reorient ourselves to the true meaning of the upcoming Christmas season. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. Not only are these great verses to keep on hand throughotu the year, but also if you are looking for a Christmas Bible verse to include on a holiday card. 1. Even in the midst of chaos, make no mistake, God is at work. If you are not a born-again Christian then you have no hope in this present world. 1 Corinthians 15:19 If our hope in Christ is for this life alone, we are to be pitied more than all men. It is to help us consider if there is another way and whether or not we truly believe our hope dwells outside of this world. We must be willing to wait. Hope is not passive. The hope of heaven teaches us that we can cope with the injustices of this world. —Hebrews 6:19 (TLB) What are you placing your hope in for the future? He was born in a stable, after all. What do we want this Christmas: More things or more joy? There is always hope in God When our father and mother forsake us, the Lord taketh us up. Our guests today address the key to finding hope in a sometimes dark world with an encouraging message for every generation; from teenagers to Baby Boomers. It is enslaved by lower goods and disordered passions. Carleton Jones, OP (Province of St Joseph) / Flickr, Tagged as: 14 For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven. In, on, among. I do not spend my Advent stuck in traffic, pushed around in stores, or struggling to maintain patience in the face of widespread rudeness. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. Our neighbors are overwhelmed and overburdened. Hope must be invited in. 13. While you can frequently find her head inside of a great work of theology or philosophy, she considers her husband and daughter to be her greatest teachers. Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. What about our celebration of Christmas draws us more deeply into the Incarnation? He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Here are 4 signs God is at work in the chaos of COVID-19. In this world you will have trouble() But take heartI have overcome the world.”. Hope is doing something. And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. . In my experience, paring down the material side of Advent and Christmas greatly deepens the spiritual dimensions. You can’t get much more practical than that. They should know that we are Catholic by the way we live our lives, but do they see a difference? We cannot place this world over the world to come. not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Verse Concepts They are enslaved by the notion that buying one more item or one more gift will fulfill them. People should be able to sense something different about us. Perspective for those in Christ Jesus. The more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is, the vaster and more potent hope becomes.” Chris Hedges. | R. Jared Staudt, PhD, The Lost Riches of Catholic Catechisms with Aaron Seng of Tradivox. The Twelve Days of Christmas are from Christmas to Epiphany, not the twelve days prior to Christmas. It is to help us consider if there is another way and whether or not we truly believe our hope dwells outside of this world. Hope will not disappoint us during our walk, nor will it disappoint us on that day when hope realizes its final fulfillment and we shall be like Him and see Him as He is. The knowledge that we are not of this world gives Christians hope even in the darkest times (1 Peter 1:6-9); hope that this will pass and at the end of it we will be in heaven with our God, face to face forever (Revelation 21:3-4). He will not leave us nor forsake us. We must ask God to help us overcome our tendency for immediate gratification. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. Your lack of hope may lead you to think that these ideas won’t help you. Colossians 1:5) for the faithful. Catholic Exchange is a project of Sophia Institute Press. Ultimately, it is the Lord alone who is our hope. It is heaven coming down. Satan the devil, who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9), wants humanity to be blind to the only real hope we can have, which is in Christ. christmas, I’m gonna take it further, our hope is not in this nation...our hope is not in # Qanon and the so called great awakening. NT Letters: 1 Corinthians 15:19 If we have only hoped in Christ (1 Cor. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. It is a blessed hope, not a cursed one. A human being. This cracked and broken place is not where we belong, and it is not where we will stay (Hebrews 13:14). Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. If we are out shopping incessantly, focused on material possessions, and not entering into this period of waiting, then we will be no different from our culture come Christmas Eve. This cracked and broken place is not where we belong, and it is not where we will stay (Hebrews 13:14). 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