A Reflection for the First Week of Advent 2017 - Faith

Each week this Advent, we will reflect on a central word of our Christian tradition. The first week, we reflect on “Faith”.

“Now faith means putting our full confidence in the things we hope for, it means being certain of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 - JB Phillips NT

We hear a scary reading from the Gospel of Mark today where all the world is coming apart. But Jesus calls us to faith in the midst of it all. Faith is hard to describe, but when things are dark and difficult, that is when faith becomes most important.

When we see people lying and being cruel and getting rewarded for it but we have faith in Christ, we strive to be truthful and kind.

When we see people chasing after wealth, neglecting the poor and needy and being celebrated for it but we have faith, we strive after spiritual values over material goods.

Faith is like a candle in the dark, like light that lets us see what is important and true.

What nurtures your faith day by day? 
What can you do this week to strengthen your faith?