In Seek That Which Is Above, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger says;
Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.… It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.
Hope is a theme that runs through many great stories, not least the Star Wars universe. Going against the flow of most fans, my favourite Star Wars film is ‘Rogue One’. It’s the brilliant back story to how the rebellion gained the plans for the Empire’s Death Star.
At the end of the movie, Leia is given a transmission and is asked what they’ve sent? she replies… “Hope”.
It’s a similar moment to when Immanuel is promised int he book of Isaiah,
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Take a moment to reflect on hope. What hope do you have this advent? What are your hopes for 2021? What do you feel about Immanuel?