Foreshadowing of Emmanuel calls for faith, not fact
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The four candles of Advent have names. The first is hope. The second is love. The third is joy. The fourth is peace. Sister Joan Chittister in her December Monastic Way reflection states: “Peace is not an event; it is a state of mind and an attitude of soul.” Ponder that statement for a moment.
In the first reading we hear Isaiah (7:14) proclaim: “Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel.” Emmanuel translates to “God is with us.” In the Gospel (Mt. 1:23) we hear those same words repeated. Joseph heard those words in a dream. The dream invited him to move beyond human reason to respond in faith and take Mary as his wife. That decision made all the difference.
- What might be our personal invitation to go beyond human reason to a deep faith response to life?
- How can the impact of the four weeks of Advent be made visible in our choices to live in hope, share our love, live with joy and be an instrument of peace?
Trust in God and do the next right things. Have a blessed week. Merry Christmas!