1st Sunday of Advent

Today, we are focusing on Hope: the Hope that is all around us, and the Hope that comes to us through the promises of the prophesies.  There are over 300 prophesies that foreshadow the coming of the Messiah.  We know the 4 weeks of Advent as a time of waiting and preparation for the symbolic birth of the Christ child.  But the symbolism of Advent is the same today as it was for the Jewish people: we are all waiting for the coming of the Messiah.  We must remember today, just as the Jews did hundreds of years before us, that God moves slowly.  While we wait anxiously, God is working through many people and events to work things out in God’s timing.  We don’t understand God’s timing, and we can’t comprehend all the things that must happen before God’s plan unfolds, so we must be patient with God, as God, Himself, is patient with us.

Based on 2 Samuel 7:1-10a, 11b-16.