Once again this time of Hope arrive to our lives, a time to pause and think where we are and where we go in our lives, the reflection of the pope will help us.
“For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,”
“The time of Advent that we begin again today re- turns us to the horizon of hope, a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God. A hope that does not disappoint, simply be- cause the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful!” the Pope emphasized.
The time of Advent that the Church celebrates in preparation for Christmas, explained the Pontiff, is “a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us in history towards the completion of the Kingdom of God.”
“Let us rediscover the beauty of being together along the way: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and the whole of humanity, the people, the civilizations, the cultures, all together on the paths of time.”
“But on the way to where?” queried Pope Francis.
In the Old Testament, the People of God journeyed toward Jerusalem where the temple of the Lord was, “because from there, from Jerusalem, came the revelation of the face of God and His law.” At the fullness of time, however, “revelation found its fulfill- ment in Jesus Christ, and the ‘Temple of the Lord’ became God himself, the Word made flesh.”
It is the Lord himself who guides our journey, the “pilgrimage of all of the People of God; and by its light even the other peoples can walk towards the Kingdom of justice, towards the Kingdom of peace.” “What a great day it will be, when the weapons will be dismantled in order to be transformed into instru- ments of work!” the Pope reflected, noting the scrip- ture passage from the prophet Isaiah which referred to such peace and affirmed “this is possible! We bet on hope, on the hope of peace, and it will be possible!”
“The journey is never finished,” advised Pope Fran- cis. “Just as in each of our own lives, there is always a need to restart, to rise again, to recover a sense of the goal of one’s own existence.”