December 5, 2021
This Sunday, the sacred Scriptures help us meditate on the hope of the coming of better days and the conversion that must take place daily while waiting for the coming of Christ the Savior.
To wait is not passive. For the hope in the arrival of Jesus Christ must lead us to a constant movement of inner transformation, which drives us out of ourselves to meet other people.
This move implies facing peacefully and courageously the challenges that exist in the world in which we live, seeking to live mercy and compassion in communion with our brothers, sisters and all creation.
As Christians, it is our mission to announce the coming of the Son of God and his Kingdom, who is already present in our midst, always aiming to witness the love that makes us leave our comfort zone.
We have been living in difficult and challenging times, where social inequality has been much more obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we were able to observe a lot of kindness, charity and availability on the part of people who felt deeply the pain of their brothers and sisters. These attitudes are derived from the love that dwells among us and lives by showing the face of God in his people.
In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul prays to God asking that “your love will always grow more.” A growing love is capable of making a revolution and this love has the strength to transform our lives and move us to mercy in the same way that these merciful hearts were moved to somehow help others in this pandemic moment.
Today’s invitation is to convert to love and spread hope in the world starting with our local communities.
Questions for reflection:
- Has my conversion process made me turn my eyes and reach out to my brothers and sisters?
- Have I brought hope to the environments I frequent?
- Have I witnessed God’s love?
—Juliana Santos Sousa, postulant