Sunday, December 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent: Ready the Way

“One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” - Mk 1:1-8

Advent means “coming” and throughout our lives, we may find ourselves in this lifelong season of waiting and being invited to listen to His deeper voice of surrendering, risking, and trusting. Although I may try to prepare for the coming of His love to enter into my heart, I sometimes find myself in a thicket of potential futures and competing realities. Life is not a straight line forward and characterized much more by exception and disorder than by total or perfect order. Within my own journey, it appears to be a collision of opposites, calling me to go beyond my comfort zone and asking myself, “What experiences or tools do I need to make a leap of faith more conceivable? How much dissolving must I endure before I am able to discover His truth and what is yet to come?”

John the Baptist encourages all of us to alter the landscape of our hearts. In other words, smoothing the rough roads and removing obstacles in the way of our Lord’s coming. It consists of letting go, living with our eyes open and hearts trusting, and creating space for a greater inception to take place. To live knowing that with every breath we all receive existence day by day with God’s hand and we are dependent upon a Presence we cannot see. By mending our ways and redirecting our lives, we become more present and active witnesses of hope to, with, and for others.

Lord, prepare my heart to be a welcome home for you.

Reflected by Tam Lontok

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