Reflections - December 10, 2017

“Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you…..Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  Mk. 1:2-3.
On this Sunday of Advent we are invited to straighten our crooked path.  It is John the Baptist’s mission that we transform our human relations.  This time is a call to purify our intentions and also as the Prophet Isaiah said, a message of consolation for those who suffer alongside us.  “Comfort my people”, Is. 40:1.
It is very interesting to note that in John the Baptist’s time and Jesus’ time there existed situations very similar to our own, “injustices and twisted lives product of sin”.  Only an upright heart is able to live the grace of the new nativity of water and of the Holy Spirit brought to us by Jesus Christ.  It should be left to the grace of the Lord to help us “straighten up”, to lift our moods and our discouragements all product of the failures of life.  Yes to “straighten the path” means to feel comfort when we feel poor, small, and weak.  But we must trust that the Lord who was promised to us “is stronger and more powerful than our fears” and can make from our “mud” a new creation converting injustices into justice, indifferences into solidarity, and fear into confidence.  Proclaim that her service is at an end”, Is. 40:2.  The only condition is to be sufficiently humble to welcome His presence and be men and women of hope with a radical trust in His presence that never abandons us.
I would not like to end without invoking the Mother of Christ, our Virgin of Guadalupe to help us “prepare a way to her Son”. That through our witness of life and with “words of joy” we may bring good news of consolation and hope to those who suffer.  I invite you to meditate on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and offer them for young people.