Season of Hope

by David Monahan | Source:

One of thethings that separates Christianity (and Judaism) from the panoply of worldreligions is that while all religions have stories that try to explain theworld, Christians claim that their stories are histories, records of God'sconcrete interventions in time on behalf of humanity. The men and women of thishistory, like Abraham and Moses, or Mary and Jesus, are not myths, but real,flesh and blood people. While most world religions have a cyclical concept oftime in which the individual is of little importance, Christians believe thathistory has a purpose, and that God is interested in everyone.


This is whyhope is a Christian virtue: God intervenes in our lives. God is active inhistory, and his greatest intervention is the Incarnation of his Son, which weare preparing to celebrate this Christmas. What if we chose to give our hope aworkout this Advent by trying to look at our own lives from the point of viewof all the things God has done for us, everything from the gift of his Son tothe seemingly boring events of every day? Of course some events may be toopainful or confusing to think about, but even these have their meaning in theeyes of God.


The resultof cultivating this hope will be a deep conviction that we are not alone, thatGod is near us even in the mundane or dark times.

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