Prepare the Way of the Lord!
Second Sunday of Advent
I will offer up three simple invocations spread throughout today, telling Jesus I love him and wish to prepare my heart to welcome him this Christmas.
by Father Steven Reilly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord, you know the
sincerity of my desire to spend this time with you. As I begin this meditation, I believe that you
are here with me, that you never abandon me. Because I love you, my one wish is to please and
console you in your solitude in the tabernacle. I hope in the boundless mercy that motivated your
incarnation. May we one day meet again in your heavenly
Give me the grace to renew my Advent
1. The Concrete History:
Today’s Gospel contains a veritable
roster of First Century Palestinian big-names, both religious and political. Why? St Luke wants to
emphasize that God’s marvelous deeds do not happen in a vacuum, but in the concrete reality of
history. The greatest of God’s interventions, the Incarnation — when the Word became flesh —
happened at a concrete time and place. This should have great impact on our spiritual lives. Jesus’
coming among us cannot be just an abstract idea that I learned in CCD. Jesus came to this world for
ME! This overwhelming love calls forth a grateful response, unless I try to keep it at a safe
distance. Jesus came to our world. Will I let him into mine?
2. A Voice Crying Out in the
The ministry of John the Baptist was an important part of God’s plan to prepare
people for the coming of the Messiah. He was very successful and opened many hearts to repentance
and eventual faith in Jesus. So it is somewhat ironic that the phrase "crying out in the desert"
usually refers to a noble but futile effort. That, unfortunately, could be the case now, if I am
allowing the Holy Spirit’s inspirations to die in the “desert” of my self-absorption. Am I so
wrapped up in the material side of Christmas preparation that I am forgetting the spiritual
3. "Prepare the Way of the Lord!"
The memory of the Incarnation and
the continuous prompting of the Holy Spirit in our hearts add up to the great program of Advent
"Prepare the way of the Lord." We are called as Christians to do precisely this. Society is starving
for the message of Christ. All of our prayers and work should be done with the spirit of faith, so
that we are indeed preparing the way of the Lord.
Jesus, you came into our world, taking on our human condition.
long, this has been just an idea for me. Let it sink
into my heart and stir my will to
action. You have loved me
so much. I must return my love with concrete deeds.
I recommit myself to fight for your Kingdom.
will offer up three simple invocations spread throughout today, telling Jesus I love him and wish to
prepare my heart to welcome him this Christmas.
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