Throughout the Advent Season of 2020, each one of the four members of the International Vincentian Family Office will offer a brief video reflection about our present reality and the path of hope that leads to a future in which the birth of the Lord illuminates the present-day reality.
My sisters and brothers Vincentians, the Lord spoke us through St. Peter this Sunday when he said: “Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, but he is patient with you.”
My sisters and brothers, Advent is once again a time for us to recall that the Lord is faithful to his promises to us, and that is reason to give us hope even in the mist of this pandemic. As we heard on Sunday, in our Advent prayer service that we shared, we have reason to hope, because the Lord is good and the Lord is always filled with blessings for his people.
We may not know when, we may not know the hour when for example the vaccine will made available to all of us, but we do know that day is coming as sure as the leaves will return to the trees behind me.
My sisters and brothers, let us once again renew our hope, let us renew our faith in the promise of the Lord.
The first reading begun with the words “comfort, give comfort to my people.” We especially as Vincentians are called to bearers of this comfort, of this hope to God’s people whom we serve, and especially the most abandoned and those who are suffering the most in these days.
Yes, we too suffer, we too have had to do things differently, but we do so in a spirit of hope and in a spirit of joy because ultimately we know that the Lord is walking with us and is ministering to us even when we attempt to share His Good News with other people.
Let us pray, as we continue our Advent journey, that we would be bearers of the message of hope, bearers of the message of comfort to all whom we meet, and specially to those most in need of that message.