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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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God bless you all, and happy creating!!!
It's that time again! And, of course, what better theme could we offer for our challenge?
Think of anything that has to do with Advent. You could explore the idea of what Advent means in regards to the preparation of Christ's coming, depict some of the traditions that your family celebrates during this time, tell part of the story of the events leading up to Christ's birth, create an example of a symbol of Advent, or anything else! This theme is certainly limited only by your imagination.
May God bless you on your creative journey and don't forget to take a pic and send it in to our gallery!
"Only two more days until Advent!" my daughter announced, enthusiastically.
"But who's counting?" I chuckled beneath my breath.
"What, Mom?" my daughter questioned.
"Oh, nothing! I mean, that's great!" I replied and flashed her a smile.
Despite being insanely busy over the last few weeks due to taking on a temporary video editing job, I couldn't help but acknowledge the fact that it was somehow impossible not to get caught up with my daughter's excitement about the approaching Advent season. Still, even in excitement's contagious wake, I found myself sobering a bit as something I had recently read popped into my mind.
Apparently, I may have approaching my Advent prep. season incorrectly for most of my life. As with most Christians, I have certainly always been aware that Advent is a season of waiting and preparing oneself for the coming of Christ's birth. And, of course, this preparation needed to occur both interiorly and exteriorly.
What I hadn't realized, however, is that the Church encourages a similar approach to that of the Lenten season, emphasizing deeper prayer, sacrifice and even fasting. Although there are no strict rules regarding fasting during Advent, the idea that we must continually work to die to ourselves to make ourselves completely open to Christ and what He longs to do in us is still maintained.
Considering this, I realized quickly what a challenge it could be to fast during Advent, since so much of it is heavily packed with joyous traditions and the all-important Christmas baking. Thankfully, I remembered that this time of year also provides countless opportunities to serve, an act that at its very essence requires sacrifice in some form. Armed with this new knowledge, I have been inspired to look for more opportunities to serve and weave fasting in and out between the festive moments. And, hopefully, I will remember to apply a Lenten mindset, ensuring that I will be more deeply preparing myself for the greatest birth in the history of life.
As we come across these opportunities during this upcoming Advent season, may our hearts realign with His, experiencing a humility that will draw us nearer to the most perfect example of humility the world has ever seen.
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Prepare Ye the Way
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