Order of Friars Minor Franciscans of Canada

A wish for life and hope

A wish for life and hope

During the last week of Advent, the daily scriptural readings bring us closer and closer to the birth of Jesus. We hear about the major players in this drama…

The women and men who were God’s spokespersons or who cooperated with God in making it possible for the Messiah to come into the world.

We hear about Hannah, a young woman, afflicted with sterility, who complains to Yahweh while trusting in his mercy. God listens to her and He gives her a son, Samuel, whom she dedicated to God and who became a great prophet.

Also, we hear about Elizabeth, barren from her youth, who in her old age became pregnant with a child, John, who preached a conversion of mind and heart and was the herald of Jesus and his Kingdom. God likes to choose his servants from those who recognize that it is He who gives life and hope when they have none.

Renewing the faith

This is what Christmas does.  It gives hope, it gives new life … because God graciously came to dwell among us to renew our faith and hope in His promises, and to bring us to share in His life and participate in making present the power and the glory of God in the world.

That child Jesus, born in a manger, prompted the angels to sing Glory to God in the highest, and moved men and women to pay Him homage.

All this began, in a human way, with a mother’s love for God and for her child. That child Jesus, born in a manger, prompted the angels to sing Glory to God in the highest, and moved men and women to pay Him homage.  We beautifully echo those sentiments and the reality of that event as we sing and meditate on that beautiful Christmas carol, O Holy Night: “It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth / Long lay the world in sin and error pining / ‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth / A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices / For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a New Year filled with joy and hope so that in our troubled world you too can be major players and heralds of that “new and glorious morn.”

Bob Mokry, provincial minister of Christ the King province