Weekly Reflection From the Pastor

Second Sunday of Advent

Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth” Lk 3:4-6.

Before an important person like a King, a president, or a prime minister makes a trip to another country, the host country prepares to ensure smooth and safe travels. In the same way, John the Baptist prepared his people spiritually for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. He focused primarily on repentance and the forgiveness of sin, and the need for the salvation of all, Jews and Gentiles alike. 

On this second Sunday of Advent, God’s word invites us to prepare for the coming of the Lord. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “prepare” means to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing, something that you expect to happen, etc. So, the question for us today is, “How are we preparing for the coming of Lord, to welcome Him into our hearts on the coming solemnities of Christmas?” We must make spiritual preparations an essential part of our preparations for Christmas, and we have four weeks to do that. But, the first week is over, and we are now in the second week. For me, the four weeks of Advent are four weeks of a spiritual retreat to prepare for the coming of Jesus into my heart in a renewed way.

The Scripture tells us today to make straight the Lord’s path into our hearts and lives, fill every valley, make low every mountain and hill, and make winding roads straight and rough ways smooth. Simply put, the Lord is asking us to remove everything in our lives that would make it difficult for us to receive the blessings He prepared for us this Christmas. He asks us to deepen our devotional spiritual lifestyle to open our hearts to Him. We must do penance for our sins and purify our souls for new interior conversion. During these weeks of Advent, there will be opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at different parishes in our diocese to aid us in our preparation for the celebration of the Lord Nativity on Christmas day; to welcome Him into our hearts.

God is already at work in our lives, and “He who began His good work in our us will continue to complete it until the last day” (c.f. Phil 1:6). There is also an invitation, a call to all those who do not yet have a relationship with Him, “For it pleases God that all men might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (c.f. 1 Tim 2:4)

Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!