We begin the Advent season--a time of preparation for Christmas, the first coming of God into the world, and also a time for preparation for Christ’s second coming at the end of time. The human being, unlike animals, lives in hope; we cannot live without hope, without something to live for; there should be a purpose for our lives; to live without hope is to surrender to the power of death and despair.
There are many reasons to live and for which we have hope-- like progress, our children’s well-being, our careers, one’s homeland, a better world, peace, justice; but the most important reason to live is to live for something or rather somebody who will never pass away, that is for God who always fulfills his promises.
Advent reminds us that we are living in the end times, that is to say, not that the world will end tonight or next week or in a thousand years from now like the Mayas predicted or many have tried to guess, but that we live in the period between the first coming of Christ (his Incarnation which we celebrate at Christ-mas) and his final return on the Day of Judgment. May the Lord help us prepare our hearts for his coming to our lives!