Prepare for God's Love
You know the good feeling you have about gathering as a big family to celebrate, whether that be for birthdays or Christmas? You anticipate a big meal, friendly conversation, time to relax and fool around. In my family, there is usually some form of laughter, whether someone gets whipped cream in the face, or that one joke of the past replays itself. It's a time you can anticipate joy and freedom to be yourself right? In the same way, we can anticipate the Lord coming, bringing us to that full sense of peace and joy.
Today's First reading states:'On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined. And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for for LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation." For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trodden down in his place, as straw is trodden down in a dung-pit'(Isaiah 25:6-10).
In today's reading we hear how the people wait for the Lord, waiting in the hopes for peace and grace, for sin to end and the Messiah to bring freedom for the people. We are people who are constantly in waiting, looking for the next step to take, the next thing on our earthly journey. There is no way we could know what awaits us in God's Kingdom, except presumptions from prophets and leaders of the past. All we can know is that we need to constantly prepare our hearts and lives as people of faith for God's Kingdom here on earth. Take some time and ask God to help you prepare the way for Him in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer preparing for Advent:
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God's own work for justice. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father's joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail. Amen.