November 28

Reflection

Hope is ”a passion for the possible”. It is the underlying theme of Advent. The Advent readings reflect a belief in the fulfillment of our expectations. We read the ancient longing: “Let us walk in the light of the Lord!” If we want to make our lives as a people of hope meaningful, then we are called to extend ourselves to others in compassion and healing believing that change and transformation are possible. This may be difficult in a period of transition in a divided nation where for many hope is strained. Yet, in the spirit of Advent, our embrace of life and our actions must reflect hope.

Prayer

Soften the hearts of those who place their hope in force and violence. Kindle through us the light of hope that your presence may shine in our world. Make us a people of peace.

Action

Seek ways to join the efforts of those who help people who are homeless, hungry and without hope in our city. Support the efforts of those who work toward positive change in our nation.

Suggested Reading

I am sure of this: that the One who has begun this good work in you will carry it through to completion right up to the day of Christ Jesus.
Phillipians 1:5

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 8:24-25 

Hope is a vision of life that guides itself by God’s promise whether the situation looks optimistic or pessimistic at any given time.  Hope is not simple optimism, an irrepressible idealism that will not let itself be defeated by what is negative; nor is it wishful thinking…Hope looks at the facts, looks at God’s promise, and then, without denying the facts or turning away from the evening news, lives out a vision of life based upon God’s promise, trusting that a benevolent, all-powerful God is still in charge of this world.
Rev. Ronald Rolheiser 

Hope is the recall of good in the past, on which we base our expectation of good in the future, however bad the present.
Joan Chittister

What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
Mohandas Gandhi

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Michelle Obama

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Robert H. Schuller

 

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