The Ultimate Preparing
It seems we are always preparing for something each day; preparing for work, preparing meals, preparing for family travels, preparing Christmas lists, etc. But have we taken the time for the ultimate preparation of our hearts for Christmas?
As we are approximately half way through Advent Season 2016, let us pause a few quiet moments to take inventory and reflect on where we are in our personal Advent journey. Are we taking time away from the hustle and busy-ness of “material” Christmas to prepare our hearts for the true coming of Christ this Christmas?
Can we, like Elijah, the holiest of prophets, do our part to turn back hearts? Maybe we cannot call down fire as Elijah did, but we can light a fire of love for the Lord that is evident and contagious in the way we treat others and live our lives.
Can we be courageous like John the Baptist to prepare the way in the places we abide? We can trust that as the Lord of Hosts cared for His vine (Israel) that He will continue to protect us as we turn to Him. With this confidence, we can bring the love of the Infant Jesus into our hearts, into our families, into our work environments and into our neighborhoods.
Do your part to usher in the Age of the Messiah! There is still time for the ultimate preparing!
God bless you!
Ruth Ann Nguyen
Volunteer team member for RCIA at Holy Name Cathedral