Dear brothers and sisters,
“How beautiful are the feet of the messenger who announces salvation in the mountains,” says the prophet Isaiah in the first reading. “All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.”
“Salvation” – what a beautiful sound this word has these days! Salvation – to be safe and sound. How we wish in this period that each of us, that all people of the world be healthy and safe and sound again.
But, as someone told me recently, this year we cannot celebrate Christmas, because the advent continues, we are still waiting, we are still waiting for: vaccines, the possibility of touching and hugging each other, the recovery of the economy, herd immunity, the end of the pandemic. We are still waiting – how could there be Christmas?