From the Word of the Day
And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.” “Behold, I am coming soon.” Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book. (Revelation 22:7-8)
Behold, I am coming soon! These words of Jesus are enough for us to persevere in life. At the end, it is not important to quantify this ‘soon’. The temptation to reduce it to days, months, years is strong. But it is useless. “I am coming soon” is a certainty that allows us to live with motivation; to work with passion; to desire, not what is impossible, but that which builds possibility for everyone.
The Book of Revelation that is so special but not easily understood, closes with this affirmation. The visions that have accompanied us these days, the readings of the many symbols we have met have led us to resist fearing the most negative circumstances and to await with hope for the Lord who comes, invoking Him, “Maranatha!”.
Lord, the time of Advent begins. Grant that it may not be lived by us only as an Advent without meaning. Let it be a time of special grace that reawakens in us the expectancy that generates novelty, that makes room for Your life in us.
The voice of Pope Francis (Angelus of December 1, 2013)
“Advent! As in the life of each of us, there is always the need to begin again, to get up, to rediscover the meaning of the goal of our life. Thus it is for the large human family. We must always renew the common horizon toward which we are walking…the horizon of hope!
But when will this happen, the Pope asks. What a beautiful day it will be when all the weapons are disarmed to be transformed into instruments of work! What a lovely day it will be! And this is possible! Let us bet on hope, on the hope for peace, and it will be possible!