Third Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2010


Isaiah tells us that the steppe will cry out, and that the desert will bloom.  They will see the glory of God, strengthen the hands that are feeble, and make firm the knees that are weak.  The eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be cleared, the lame will leap like a wild stag and the mute will sing.

And so it is that Jesus tells the men who question him on John’s behalf.  “The blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”

These are very hopeful readings, and so we ask, “what is hope?”

Many people think of hope and optimism as one in the same, but they are quite different.  Optimism is a positive outlook on a situation; it is something that we create and decide.

Hope is that gift, the well-spring that gives us life when everything else falls short, and where we find hope, we find God.

Where do you find your hope?    When you look in the mirror, do you find hope there?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent: (Isaiah 35.1-6, 10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11)


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