Hope in Christ’s coming

Post date: Dec 9, 2016 5:09:06 PM

11 December 2016 ( Third Sunday of Advent )

[Isaiah 35:1-6.10] [James 5:7-10] [Matthew 11:2-11]

The first reading from the prophet Isaiah exudes immense joy echoing the anticipation of God’s chosen people of the coming of the Messiah, Isaiah proclaims a vision of hope, salvation and liberation. The coming of the Lord in the first reading is seen as a healing, transforming event that affects both creation and humankind. In the second reading from the letter of St James we are reminded to await the coming of the Lord with patience that does not lose hope like a farmer patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains and the precious crops that the watered earth would bring, so too we must keep our hopes high and be patient till the Lord is come. This patience that James speaks of is a patience motivated by love and hope, strong yet gentle, not supine and passive but active. The gospel reading today reminds us Jesus’ identity, the bringer of hope. He made the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers clean. Indeed, the miracles that Jesus worked brought hope, peace and immense joy to the people. May this season of Advent remind us of hope in Him.