Don’t lose hope!

“A shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Isaiah 11:11).Where is the stump in your life? That part of you that is all but dead? That desperate situation, the hopeless problem, the insoluble circumstance that defies all attempts at remedy? The faithful friend who turned out to be Judas! The child/children who turned out to be ingrates! That option on which we had pinned all our hopes – gone bust! The health that we took for granted a distant memory!

Advent reminds us that there is still life in that stump; there is hope. In the fullness of time God sent his Son, born of a virgin, to ransom us from our sins. God fulfills his purposes in ways unexpected and in a manner to accomplish them for our good. The spirit of Advent is one of prayer and expectancy that God will accomplish his purposes in us and through us and in his time. God takes time to work things out and to fulfill his promises. Advent tempers our impatience and gives us the confidence that slowly and patiently a shoot shall sprout from my seemingly lifeless stump: that special grace, contrition, conversion, healing, reconciliation and especially, eternal life!
-Msgr. Joseph Ranieri

“A shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Isaiah 11:11).Where is the stump in your life? That part of you that is all but dead? That desperate situation, the hopeless problem, the insoluble circumstance that defies all attempts at remedy? The faithful friend who turned out to be Judas! The child/children who turned out to be ingrates! That option on which we had pinned all our hopes – gone bust! The health that we took for granted a distant memory!

Advent reminds us that there is still life in that stump; there is hope. In the fullness of time God sent his Son, born of a virgin, to ransom us from our sins. God fulfills his purposes in ways unexpected and in a manner to accomplish them for our good. The spirit of Advent is one of prayer and expectancy that God will accomplish his purposes in us and through us and in his time. God takes time to work things out and to fulfill his promises. Advent tempers our impatience and gives us the confidence that slowly and patiently a shoot shall sprout from my seemingly lifeless stump: that special grace, contrition, conversion, healing, reconciliation and especially, eternal life!
-Msgr. Joseph Ranieri