The “Yes” of Mary and Joseph

The gospel reading on the fourth Sunday of Advent brings us back to the joyful Feast of the Annunciation. The short narration of the event in the Gospel of Luke ends with Mary, in fear and trembling but with determination, assenting to the plan of God: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May …

Can We Rejoice in a Pandemic?

The Third Sunday of Advent is also called “Gaudete Sunday” which in Latin means “rejoice.” It reminds us that this season of Advent is a time for rejoicing because the day of our salvation is near at hand. God has revealed himself to us by being born into this world to redeem us from the …

Advent and Informed Hope

Almost a year since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, people have become so weary observing health protocols and movement restrictions. A general sense of fatigue and resignation is infecting most, prompting more and more people to venture out of their homes as more businesses begin to reopen. As a result, many flout health measures …