Prepare the Way of the Lord
The liturgical season of Advent begins next Sunday. Advent has a two-fold character. It is a time of preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God is remembered, and it is also a time where we look forward with our hearts and minds to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time.
In the gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, we encounter John the Baptist who tells us to "Prepare the way of the Lord". Whenever we invite important guests to our homes for the holidays, we spend adequate time preparing for their arrival. We spend time cleaning and decorating so that things will be ready when they arrive at the front door. The same is true for our souls as we await the arrival of the most important guest, Jesus Christ…we need to get ready.
Where do we encounter John the Baptist? We do not find him in the business of the city, rather we find him preaching in the desert. This serves as an important reminder to all of us. The holidays are a busy time of the year. The shops are packed with people buying gifts. We will be invited to office parties, neighborhood parties, school parties, etc. These are not bad things but, if we are not careful, they can keep us from what Advent is really about…preparing the way of the Lord. Like John the Baptist, we need to go into the desert. We need to excuse ourselves every day from the noise of our secular culture and enter into the silence to pray and listen to the voice of God. Remember we should all be praying for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. Consider coming to daily Mass and/or coming to St. Rose on Wednesdays and spending one hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The sacrament of Confession is also a wonderful way of getting our "house" in order.
Lastly, the Church's liturgies during the season of Advent are meant to help us prepare our souls for the coming of Christ. The priests and deacons will vest in purple vestments, and the organ and other musical instruments will be used in a moderate manner. Let us pray for one another that we may enter fully into the season of Advent and adequately prepare our hearts and minds for the arrival of this long anticipated Guest.
Fr. Mark Sappenfield
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- DEC 7
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- DEC 14
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- DEC 25
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- DEC 31
the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of GodRead more
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