Scripture Reflection . . .
On this Second Sunday of Advent the Gospel reading from Luke reveals the prophecy of Isaiah in the person of John the Baptist:
A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill made low . . .” (Luke 3:1-6).
What is this about preparing? How do we, limited as we are prepare the way of the Lord?
The First Reading proclaims, “Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever. . . for God is leading Israel in joy . . .” (Baruch 5:1-9)
In the Second Reading, Paul writes to the Philippians, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1: 4-11).
Returning to the Gospel, we hear that “the word of God, came to John” (Luke 3:3).
It appears as though God is actually the one preparing the way in our lives. It is God who calls, God, who began a good work in us, God who clothes us in splendor and glory, God who leads in joy. And it is God who removes the barriers and obstacles in our lives – filling in valleys, leveling lofty mountains, smoothing the rough ways, straightening the winding paths.
Let us rejoice in such love! A love that compels us to be ever more attentive to receiving the Word that is Jesus – the mercy and love of God – remover of all the obstacles.
In our Lives as Sisters of the Holy Redeemer . . .
As God has called us by name and called us to Religious Life, we continuously depend on God’s loving guidance and mercy to notice the obstacles in our lives so our hearts can be prepared to receive the Word each day.
This week we “prepared”for the Way and the Word
As we gathered on the First Sunday of Advent for a special Evening prayer with a time to notice what area in our lives waits for light, fullness of life, mercy and to ask Jesus to come into this place.
As we celebrated Liturgy together on Monday evening reflecting on Jesus’ call of St. Andrew and all the disciples. What must have prepared them to leave everything and follow? What prepared our hearts to respond to our vocation?
As we prepared for Sr. Anita’s return from Germany on Tuesday evening after a month during which time she accompanied and was accompanied by the “Guests” at our Motherhouse – the many people seeking refuge.
As the first of the Christmas cookies were prepared and baked. Lebkuchen cookies are a German tradition shared on the approaching feast of St. Nicholas.
As the Community Garden prepared produce for one of our Food cupboards and a neighboring retreat center. At a garden meeting this week preparations for the upcoming garden season commenced. We hope to expand our ability to share the gifts of the garden with many more people.
as our art ministry is hosts a Christkindle Market, a traditional German American holiday event offering fine art and contemporary crafts to support one of our ministries serving women and children experiencing homelessness.
In Your life . . .
You may wish to reflect on how God has prepared the way and continues to prepare the way in your life. What have been some of the obstacles that have been smoothed over? what have been the experiences of joy – evidence of God’s presence? What is the word God shares with you?
Is there a special way you may want to ask God to prepare your heart to receive God more fully during this Advent season?
Blessings on your Second Week of Advent!