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November 29, 2009
Today’s World and the Coming of the Messiah
As we being a new church year we would do well to reflect on the situation of our lives, that of our country’s and that of the world. As we do so, we could ask ourselves the question, “Where am I or, where are we, with respect to our faith in the coming of Christ at Christmas? More importantly we could ask ourselves, “What does the celebration of Christmas have to do with us and the world?”
First, let us look at the situation of our world. We know that the situation is bleak to say the least. There are wars, terrorist attacks, poverty, political tyranny, abuse of natural resources by the wealthy, industrial nations, and the list goes on. We hear of any one or all of these events on a weekly basis when we turn on the news or when we read the newspaper. There are so many negative things happening that we begin to feel numb, if not callous. We don’t want to become hard hearted but we cannot tolerate the constant bombardment of evil and misery in our world.
Our country seems to be taking its fair share of hard knocks as well. As a large and powerful country we are part of all we mentioned above. Over and above all this, we have been overwhelmed with one major problem after the next not to mention the economic downturn we have been struggling through over the past two years. All too often we want to yell, “Stop the world, I want to get off!” But in reality there is no such option. All of this leaves us with a feeling of unease, at best, and a feeling of despair at worse. Again, we tend to slip into the option of building walls and becoming numb.
Since we are citizens of our country and members of the human race, we are recipients of the affects of all that surrounds us. Even if our individual and family lives are in a positive space we nevertheless cannot escape the doldrums of living in the world. The fact that it is the end of November and the days are getting shorter only compounds the issue. Darkness pervades our lives and we desperately need HOPE.
Where can we find this much needed gift of Hope? The church gives us the season of Advent for this very reason. The season is a time for preparing the way, i.e., for a fine tuning or a “re-birth” so to speak, of the Christ that lives, or at least he should be living, within us. The important question to reflect upon is our degree of Faith in this Christ who lives within us. Do we really believe that Christ can, wants, and will be with us throughout our dark days? Do we believe that he is present in our daily experiences regardless of how mundane they may be? Do we truly understand that Advent is a gift that surpasses any gift we could buy for ourselves or others?
As we take the time to prepare for the coming of Christ in our lives, why not give him the space he needs to grow? Why not clean out our inner excess baggage so he can find a place to settle in and feel at home? Why not spend a few extra minutes praying, communicating with the God who wants all good for us? After all, Christ is our Hope!
Can we afford to live without him? Do we dare to live without Hope?
Lorette P. Nault