First Sunday of Advent: Hope 

The liturgical year has come to an end and today marks the new year. Now would be a good time to reflect on the past year and identify where we need God’s grace most. This is for the person who thinks that s/he can never get out of the cycle of doing the same mistakes. 

Dear ‘Hopeless’ Person,

Today could be a day just like any other for you and nothing about the first Sunday of Advent screams the word ‘hope’. And that’s okay. Falling for the same temptation multiple times screams anything but hope. It screams despair, hopelessness, failure, unworthiness, humility, embarrassment etc. The world deafens us with those labels and tries to make us oblivious to the possibility of change. The world tries to put us to sleep spiritually and tell us that small sins don’t matter. After all, if you keep doing them again and again they’re not so bad right? Everyone has flaws and maybe this sin is one of them. No! We were not created to get stuck in sin!

We were made in God’s image and sin does not have a place in our spiritual DNA. We CAN overcome sin because we were made to be like Him! The world tells us that we have too many things to do to give importance to such a hopeless cause and we push the problem to the furthest corners of our mind. St. Paul tells us to wake up, realise what’s most important and focus on Jesus.

“You must do this, because you know that the time has come for you to wake up from your sleep.” Romans 13:11

You are not a hopeless case and God loves you. He wants you to get up out of your seat and fight the good fight of the faith! He wants us, as St. Paul puts it, to stop doing the things that belong to the dark, and let us take up weapons for fighting in the light” Romans 13:12

He speaks of weapons of the light, not merely a candle that flickers a little in the darkness but a whole armour to battle against the evil one. 

“But take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires.” Romans 13:14

We need to get more inner strength with personal prayer, going to mass, confession and the sacraments. Think about this today, dear friend, but don’t just come up with ways to overcome the sin. Act upon it and seek help! Only if you equip yourself with God’s love can you fight against all that brings you down. 

Jesus died on the cross for you and through this salvation His love for you has overcome all sin. With Him it’s possible to beat sin and get out of doing the same wrong thing over again. If that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what will! Today, this very day, this first day of the new liturgical year, will you take that chance and be hopeful in Him? 

I’ll be praying for you!

Stay rad and God bless you,
Sarah 🙂

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