Every season and feast of the liturgical calendar serves as a reminder of how we “ought to be” as followers of Jesus Christ. The season of Advent, which is now upon us, reminds us that we are to be a people of hope—not to be confused with wishful thinking. I “hope” I win the lottery some day, but I have no confidence that will ever happen. Our hope in Jesus Christ is a confident hope—an anticipation of that which we know is coming, because that’s what Jesus does: he always comes to us. He has in the past, he does in the present, and he will in the future!
During this Advent season, let us each recommit ourselves to avoiding cynicism, negativity, pessimism, and fatalism and, instead, embrace hope, which dispels the darkness of despair. I personally invite you to participate in an online Advent retreat led by Loyola Press’ very own Vinita Wright: “Small Simple Ways to Open Mind, Heart, and Spirit.” I can think of no one better to invite us to consider how we ought to be as followers of Jesus Christ than Vinita!
For a full round-up of Advent resources, visit my Advent page here.