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But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven… (Mk 13:24-25a).

Excellent. First suffering and then disaster. Is that a perspective that makes one hopeful? Whoever created our lectionary decided to put a Gospel text for today, the first Sunday of Advent, the season of yearning for light, that predicts that the light of the sun, the moon and the stars will darken. Instead of hope for light, we read about a big heavenly energy saving-program in a season when the light becomes less naturally, and in a time when things look darker anyway because of this year’s events.

Click below to read why this text can be read as a message of hope, in this first week of Advent.