Weekly Reflection From the Pastor

First Sunday of Advent

God Fulfills His Promises

“The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise  I made to the house of Israel and Judah.” (Jer. 33:14)

Today we begin the Advent Season, a spiritual journey, a time of recollection, and prayer. It is a time to prepare ourselves spiritually for commemorating the first coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on Christmas day. It is also a time we are reminded of the second coming of Christ in glory and led to look forward to it, recalling the cry of the early Christians: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

The promise made to Israel and Judah finds fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of God, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant. God is ever faithful. He fulfills His promises. 

Christ Jesus came into this world to save us from our sins. He came so that we might have life in Him. Through Him, we have the fulfillment of all the promises of God for our lives. As Christians, we need to take advantage of this time to pray for the coming of the Lord into our hearts. Our hearts need to be renewed and focused on the things of Heaven, for that is where we belong. We are God’s people, called to live the heavenly life in this world, just like saints who lived this life before us. We also need to pray for the coming of the Lord into the whole world through the spreading of the Gospel net, for the word of God of God is power of the power of God for the salvation of those who believe.

As we await the fulfillment of God’s promises for our lives in this world and eternity in Heaven, by His grace and mercy, Jesus says to us, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap” (Lk. 21:34-35a). We should protect our hearts, for the heart is the wellspring of life. We should avoid carousing and drunkenness and trust God to take care of us and provide for our daily needs. We should not allow the anxieties of everyday life to weigh us down. God is always faithful.

Also, as we look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises for our lives, we pray with St. Paul that, “the Lord may make us increase and abound in love for one another and for all, …so as to strengthen our hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1Thess 3:12-14). We should love everyone without exception, and to do that, we need the supernatural virtue of love. The virtue of love is a virtue that God infuses into the soul. So, we must not only practice it but also pray that God might increase it in us.

During this spiritual season of advent, may we look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises for our lives in this world and eternity in Heaven, believing in our hearts that our God fulfills His promises. 

He is faithful!