04 Dec 2016: Prepare the way of the Lord

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2nd Sunday of Advent (Cycle A)

Reading 1. Is. 11: 1-10; Ps. 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom. 15: 1-4; Gospel. Mt. 3: 1-12

We are already at the second Sunday of advent. People all over the world have already began the preparation for Christmas especially in the business field which are profitable that experiential. Advent is a season of waiting, a waiting to receive the lord. Churches all over the world are filled with the meaningful song ‘we long to see thee so to see the newly born’. It is the right moment for each one of us to think about the importance of waiting because most of us are waiting in a long queue at the bank or ATM counters to draw the money, and there are lots of procedures and preparations which we do to possess the money we want.

The Lord Jesus Christ the saviour of the world is going to be born among us. Symbolically rather as a custom we prepare cribs spending lots of money and time and keep the image of the infant Jesus in different sizes and shapes. But, have we prepared our hearts to receive the new born Jesus. This is exactly what John the Baptist exhorts each one of us to do in this season of advent. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. When the chief of a new England town voluntary fire department was asked what was the first thing they did when called to extinguish a fire, he said, “ the first thing we do is to drench the premises with water, knock out the windows,  and chip up the furniture. In order to reach the Lord and possess him we need to prepare the way and make His paths and how?

Prepare the way for the Lord would mean preparing ourselves or becoming ourselves or becoming ourselves a way that leads all to Jesus, becoming ourselves pathway to Jesus. Widening the road by pulling down the walls of prejudice and hatred, filling the gutters of pessimism and woundness with optimism and mercy and placing the route map of prayer which one leads one to Jesus.

Blessed are you if you have lost your voice by preaching the mercy of the Lord, blessed are you if your hand is worn out by serving the Lord in the poor, blessed are you if your foot is wounded by carrying the broken hearted. Rejoice for the Lord has born in your heart.

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