This first week of Advent, we will be focusing on the theme of Hope.
The full reflections for each week are found in our Advent “Accompanying the Holy Family” eBook, please download it for FREE here.
Hope is a theological virtue that helps our souls remain anchored to God. The Hope we have reorients us to trust that in times of doubt, division, and disease, God will not abandon us. He is with us.
? Listen to the following song selection(s) on our Accompanying the Holy Family Advent Playlist on Spotify here: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up) by Nichole Nordeman
This week’s reflection is based on the following Scripture, 1 Peter 1:3-9:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”1 Peter 1:3-9
Even when we feel we’ve distanced ourselves from God, He never distances Himself from us.
God is faithful when we are not.
No matter what happens to us in this life, we can remain steadfast in the Hope that God is faithful.
Let’s hold fast to Advent hope, especially throughout this first week.