[Excerpt from: The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook. A Daily Companion. A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication.]
“The child prophesied by Isaiah was to be born in circumstances that were not at all promising. The child prophesied by Isaiah was to be born of poor and illiterate parents, in a country oppressed by an occupying army, into a race that was discriminated against and unjustly persecuted. Yet, despite this reality, Isaiah prophesied that in the birth of Emmanuel, the people would find hope. He prophesied that, despite the appearance of things, something else was possible, indeed probable, in the divine plan for God’s people. Here is a message that has meaning for us today.“
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Something else is possible, indeed probable, despite the none-too-promising realities into which we may have been born, or in which we may find ourselves at the moment. Waiting. Journeying. Advent-ing. Possibilities. Probabilities. Certainties? And so we begin. May your season be a blessed one.