The great question for each of us on this First Sunday of Advent is: Do I have a powerful hope in Christ? When you hear the words from our gospel today, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. You do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,” how do they stir your heart?
Virtue of Hope
Christ crucified beckons us to see in hope the “now” and beyond it into eternity. In doing so, aided by the Spirit and thus empowered to live in a new, even astonishing, recreated and transformed way, we join our voices confidently and with conviction to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s: “I wish to die for that man.”
The Feast of St. Andrew can help you to embrace the gift of hope and set your eyes on heavenly things above. Leave the old behind, as did he, cultivate your heart, and embrace Christ who calls, heals, restores, and confers on men the gift of eternal life.