Prepare a way for the Lord.[1]

 

Two candles are now lit on the Advent wreath. A reminder that the light of Christ has come, is coming into the world. But is that light coming into you, into me?

 

Today, we are called to “prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.[2] There is work to be done… “every valley (has to be) be filled in, every mountain laid low…every cliff become a plain and the ridges a valley…”[3]

 

So what tools do we need in order to do this? It sounds like hard work to me. Well, the Church has made it easy for us, she calls us this Advent season to reflect on our lives with the light of the Holy Spirit. She calls us then to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that the grace of God can fill those valleys in, lay the mountains low, let every cliff become a plain and the ridges a valley in our lives. Our sins, those which might still cling to us need to be excavated and handed over to the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. The powerful and most beautiful words prayed by the Priest after we have confessed our sins, that

 

God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of your Son, you have reconciled the world to yourself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the church, may God grant you pardon and peace. And I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

can resonate in our hearts, mind and soul. We have been forgiven. We can let the light shine in us, through us to a world that does not understand that there is no need for darkness, for shame, for despair. For “Here is the Lord coming with power, his arm subduing all things to him. The prize of his victory is with him, his trophies all go before him. He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes.[4]

 

Yes, two candles are now lit on the Advent wreath. There is much to be joyful about, let us echo Isaiah and shout for joy, He is coming to save you.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

 

 


[1] Lk.3:4

[2] Mk.1:3

[3] Is.40:4

[4] Is.40:10-11


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