Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Liturgically, it is a time of hopeful expectation of the coming of the Christ Child. It is not just the shopping season before Christmas. But what are we to be in hopeful expectation for?
We read Isaiah’s words of beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning forks and wonder whether we can be as hopeful as this ancient prophet had been. But the weapons of war and destruction are not transformed into promises of peace without our work.
This Advent, think of the many ways we can bring hope to our world: supporting those who work for peace and justice, caring for God’s creation, and transforming our Nation into a welcoming society for all.