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"Prepare the way! Clear the path! The Lord is coming!"
A more contemporary version of the words of St. John the Baptist, these commanding phrases sparked my imagination.
What if someone were to suddenly stand up in the middle of Mass to make these very announcements? Would we stare, covering our mouths in hushed protest? Would we murmer in complaint? Would we run for the exit, fearing a madman had entered the building?
What would you do?
Such a question is pointless, we might counter, since the odds of this happening are about zero to none. Hmmmm. Are we sure about this? Perhaps we should have paid even closer attention to Mass this past weekend!
The truth is, someone did stand up. These famous words from St. John the Baptist were announced in front of the entire congregation! Did we hear them?
Prepare the way!
This message both begs and warns us to prepare the way of our hearts and to clear the debris on the path to our souls so that Our Lord has full and immediate access when He comes.
Considering this, the beautiful passage from Psalms 51, "Create in me a clean heart, O Lord," would make a perfect daily prayer for Advent. Perhaps uttering it right before bed or upon rising in the morning would put our thoughts where they need to be: focusing on getting ready for the Savior of the World.
May God help us to brush away those cobwebs and cover our souls with the fragrance of grace so that we may see Him when He comes, heeding with complete surrender the great call to prepare the way this Advent!
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