Advent is a time to prepare the way of the Lord. He comes to us and we are invited to repent so that we are able to recognize His arrival. Repentance is metanoia, radical change of mind and heart, turning around, taking a new direction. That is why Advent is also a penitential season. It is a time of conversion and new beginning. The Lord comes to restore the life of God within us. We are created in the likeness and image of God and because of sin, that image is destroyed. Jesus is the greatest gift of God to us. It is God’s initiative to send His only begotten Son into the world. God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that those who believe in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. Sin, evil and death are not part of God’s original plan. They entered into our lives because of our disobedience.

God wants the best of us and He never gives up on us because He believes in us. By sending Jesus to us, we are given a chance to begin a new life and regain our original identity and dignity. It is Jesus who restores the life of God within us so that we become truly sons and daughters of the Father and manifest that into the world. He restores the garden of paradise to us. Hence, advent season is a time to dream big because God gives us the best gift, and that is, Jesus.

To dream big is to be open to God’s plan and purpose for us and in the world. The dream of God is that we live with him forever in His kingdom. And that begins today when we accept the invitation to be partners of God.

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