We are called to live in hope. We hope that the coming of Christ will bring a new world and a new understanding of our role as human beings in this creation. We do not see the day of judgement as something bad, we are invited not to be afraid because we know that the Lord who is coming is the same one who died for our sins and brought us back from death to life into theEaster morning. People without hope are afraid of the end because the end represents the end of their security and the power of this world, the end for them is the end of their power and corruption. The disciples are not afraid of the end because for them the end it is not judgment but the plenitude of the redeeming love of God for us. The end for us is joy and liberation! Jesus said: For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Noah´s society was corrupted, people were evil, injustice and violence were the rule and that system and society was completely in decay, but the people did not pay attention to that, they just lived their life in complete selfishness and insensibility. Do you think that because you only live your life without paying attention to the decay of the world you are keeping yourself safe from the judgment? The mortal sin of Christianity is indifference; it is to use the routine of our daily life as a pretext to ignore the sin around us. The mortal sin of Christianity is to justify and rationalize what God considers sin and evil and pretend it is not there. The mortal sin of Christianity is to see sin and evil in front of our eyes and turn our sight to the other side and choose indifference in place of action and compassion. The mortal sin of Christianity is to call good and acceptable what is clearly wicked and inhuman. The mortal sin of Christianity is to sanctify what is evil per se just because we don’t want to have problems with the system.The mortal sin of Christianity is contemplating the world and doing nothing to denounce and stop violence and crime, it is to see our neighbor´s suffering and close our eyes and continue with our life trying to believe that our ignorance has the power to eradicate the suffering and discomfort. The mortal sin of Christianity is to live in sin ignoring it, renouncing to do what is good and surrendering to the power of sin without fighting or protesting it. We cannot confront sin and evil with indifference. Neither will we do it with violence. Indifference and violence are the weapons of the world not ours. We need to stand and confront sin and evil with the Word of God and the life of discipleship. We cannot wait for the Lord of Advent closing our eyes to the needs of our neighbors. We are here to bring hope. Hope that is a transformative spiritual power that can inspire us to be the voice of the voiceless, the tender hand that comfort the broken-hearted, the prayer voice that intercedes for the one that does not know how to pray and to be the brother and sister that will be the family of faith that will be bringing hope to the one that doesn’t have it now. The sin of the generation of Noah should not be our sin, because we are here to be the cure not to be part of the disease of this world.
God´s Hope be with you. Amen.