Advent is referred to as a time of reflection and anticipation. We spend time reflecting on the Incarnation, the time when Jesus, the Son of God came into the world. This time of reflection reminds us that we are eagerly anticipating Jesus’ promised return, the time when He will come again to earth and complete the work He started, the work of righting our broken world. In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul wrote, “When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem under the Law.” (Gal. 4:4-5) That work is redemption and is why He will return.
It makes sense that we would use this time of the year to remind ourselves of the hope we have in Christ. He is, after all, “the reason for the season” as people like to say.
The spirituality of stewardship is anchored in the hope we find in the promise of Jesus Christ. We believe that giving our time, talent, and treasure back to him with a joyful heart is an act of love and gratitude for all that Jesus has done for us. Thank you, Jesus for the gift of your divine mercy and love.