Reflections - December 9, 2018

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” Lk. 3:4.

Today the Gospel presents to us the prophet John the Baptist, the last prophet of the Old Testament, who denounces injustices and announces a baptism of repentance, joy, and hope.

What is John the Baptist referring to when he tells us to make straight our path through life?

There are three paths that the Lord uses to attract us to Him.

The first is to convert. We must convert every day and we have to listen to what the Lord wants from us. This is why the words “I have converted” must be renewed because until the last day of our lives we will be converting by being docile to the Spirit of the Lord and discerning what He wants from us in different situations which may be social or family justices.

There is another path. It is the path of joy because one who loves is happy. We find this example in the lives of the saints. Some served with joy among the sick like St. Teresa of Calcutta and others like St. Alberto Hurtado who said: “Happy, Lord, happy”, in spite of his selfless work, sickness and suffering.

The third path is the path of hope. We are men and women who are called to live with Christian Hope because by Baptism the Lord dwells in our soul – we are his abode. To prepare the way is also to remove the obstacles that prevent us from “entering into our spiritual abode”. Sometimes there are many obstacles that we have to bring down, eliminate, purify to bring down our egos which are obstacles for us to live with hope in the abode of our hearts. Paul said to the Philippians: “that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”. Phil 1:9-10.

Let us ask through our prayer life that the Lord will help us to do His will and live with Christian hope this Advent. I leave you here with this antiphon of preparation.

“Come soon Lord! Come Savior, Son of David! Come to free us! Lord, do not make us wait! Amen.