December 06, 2015 - 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
As a parish, we spent over two years preparing for the Cardinal’s visit this past November 11. It was a special epic event that will forever be a part of our history. What a momentous occasion.
Do you remember all the hustle and bustle that was happening around this place as his visit drew near? That’s what preparing is. And that’s what John the Baptist says for us to do with our lives. Prepare the way of the Lord.
But, preparing for the coming of the Lord is not simply an individual task. It is the task of the whole church. John gives his command in the plural. You all prepare the way of the Lord.
It is the task of the people of God. It is the task of the entire community of faith to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
But John the Baptist isn't talking about restoring pews or painting walls or shutters or dusting chandeliers or mopping floors. John is talking about preparing our hearts by waiting for what God will do for us.
God is filling in the valleys. God is flattening the mountains. God is making the winding way straight. God is making the rough ways smooth.
Why? So that the people of God may walk safely through the trials of life.
God is bringing to completion the work God has already begun in each of us.
So the good news is that God is preparing the way for us. And if we are going to accept this challenge from John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord, then we have to be open to what God is doing in our lives.
We have to be open to how God is calling us to change our ways. We have to be open to how God is changing our hearts. We have to be open to how God is refashioning our lives.
So our work is to cooperate with God. And as we do that we grow in prayer, we grow in acts of kindness, we grow in acts of mercy, we grow in love.
Our work in preparing for the coming of the Lord is to increase in acts mercy and love. We increase in love that is not simply emotions running wild but love that is grounded in mercy.
We increase in love that helps us put on the splendor of the glory of God; love that helps us stand up and look to the east to see our God leading us with mercy; to see our God leading us with justice; to see our God leading us with love on our pilgrim way to the kingdom.