Today’s Gospel tells us to “prepare the way of the Lord”. St. John the Baptist cries out as a herald of both joy and challenge. The consequence of truly “preparing” our heart for Jesus is joy! Doing it, regularly and faithfully, is the challenge.
To grow in our spiritual life, we must always have in the forefront of our minds that God never proposes an unachieveable goal. He doesn’t set us up for failure. When we exercise our free will in accord with God’s mind and eye, we succeed. When we want to do it our way, we fall flat on our faces. All the commandments, all the teachings, all the promises from the Lord are both doable and fulfillable. God has built us to win, He has destined us for eternal life.
So, some easy steps help us to “prepare” for Christ not only during the Christmas Season, but, on our whole journey of life.
So, Advent isn’t only about “preparing” for Christmas. It is a opportunity to train for a lifetime of joy in and service to our Savior. So, faithfully and regularly—”Prepare the way of the Lord!”