Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The readings this Sunday beg us to prepare the way of the Lord, make straight our paths, so that the Lord Jesus will come more quickly into our lives. God does pursue and wants to enter our life. We have to clear a space for Him so that He can be present. It may require us to make changes in our life that we want to do or need to do. Maybe it is to be kinder, less anxious about the material things of life, more generous, more devoted to prayer. Most of all, it means making God our priority and that means putting Him at the top of the list of things we need to do each day. This, of course, is prayer. Often, we can begin by putting some quiet time aside to read the Bible and meditate on His words. A reading of a good book on the faith or the life and writings of a saint can help as well. One that I would recommend is Pope Benedict XVI’s book, Jesus of Nazareth, the Infancy Narratives, published by Image books. It is the prequel of the three-part series on Jesus of Nazareth. It is only about 120 pages, so it is a fairly quick read. It provides an understandable and insightful reflection upon the mysteries of Jesus’ birth and the prophecies of the Old Testament that foretold His birth. I find it very helpful to read every year at this time. I hope your Advent preparations are going well.
May God bless you this week!
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist