From time to time on social media, we come across stories and videos of dramatic rescues (such as this one). In such situations, people who are incapable of saving themselves turn to first responders who intervene and save them from danger. This is the definition of a savior: someone who rescues another who is incapable of saving him- or herself. Aside from physical dangers, we encounter other realities in life from which we are incapable of saving ourselves. People in Twelve-Step programs understand this. The first step in the program is admitting that one is powerless over the addiction, and the second step is acknowledging the need of an intervention from a higher power.
The season of Advent is a time for each of us to embrace these two realities: we are incapable of overcoming sin on our own, and we need an intervention—a savior—to rescue us. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore how Advent reminds us of our need for a savior and the importance of identifying Jesus as just that: our Savior!
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