For our Salvation is Nearer

The season of Advent gives us an opportunity to reflect about our salvation, and to consider that, in the same way that Christmas is near, so is the salvation that flows from the Birth of the Lord.

The spiritual preparation for Jesus’ coming should our priority this season, a four-week period during which we wait for the coming of the Messiah. Our waiting should be time of meditation and hope, considering that the whole world prepares itself to receive the promised salvation.

Saint Paul announces that our salvation is near. As he does so, the Apostle proposes to us a new beginning, a new opportunity to correct our course toward our Savior.

If you are unsure how to prepare for Christmas or how to live this season, look to Mary: she waits. The model of spiritual disposition of this way of being and journeying in life is the virgin Mary. A simple girl from the country who carried within her heart the fullness of hope in God! In her whom God’s hope took flesh and became man, it became history: Jesus Christ  (Pope Francis, Horizon of Hope).

In our time, as in times past, people have hope; we hope that things will change in the world, that all will treat one another fairly and serve each other as brothers and sisters. We hope for many things, yet we do not always understand that all our hopes can be summed up in this one great hope: Jesus. And so, we should not just wait for Christmas, but also prepare for the coming of the Feast.

Advent is the “Season of Hope,” as we draw closer each day to our encounter with Jesus.  Let us use our time wisely. Why? Because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Every year, we have a new opportunity to celebrate and to prepare ourselves to embrace Jesus more and more into our lives, to discover him again, as we begin this new Advent.

Fr. Sergio