Sunday, 29 November 2015

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.176)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 21,25-28.34-36

And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 
(V 27)

Today I stumbled on the history of modern Advent which begins on the Sunday nearest St Andrew’s Day – today, the day I have been asked to reflect on Hope.

How ironic to be asked this at a time when the name Andrew represents pain for me. So before I put pen to paper I pleaded with God…’Why this week, God?’ ‘What are you telling me?’  And after a pause, the answer came…

With the birth of Christ comes hope of salvation - salvation from pain, salvation from sin, even salvation from monotony.
As the disciple Andrew and human Andrew share the same name but are different, so too is every experience and each day of our lives.

Finding the enthusiasm to greet every day afresh with new wisdom, even when it seems like other days, and every person with positivity, even when we’ve been hurt, helps keep us inspired.

The way I see it, the key is to begin again every day even when we’ve been disappointed. 

We must leave behind the hurt and sadness of the past; we must purify our thoughts and remove hate from our hearts; 

we must stay hopeful that the lost will find God and improve, for only then can we nourish the necessary virtue to a good life – 


Louise Crossley
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection Sunday 6th December 2015