My reflection is from Living Faith:
This ￼is the one about whom scripture says: “Behold I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.” Luke 7:27.
“In this third week of Advent Jesus is speaking about John the Baptist as the one who prepared the way for him. I smile thinking that this began when they both were in their mothers’ wombs. ￼ John prepared the way by leaping with joy, when his mother heard Mary’s voice, and knew that Mary was the mother of her Lord￼ (Luke 1:43–44). Later John prepared the way by baptizing Jesus, and a voice sounded from heaven: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22).
How can we prepare the way to welcome Jesus this Christmas? Something that has helped me is to plan a special moment of prayer each day, to pause for an interlude of quiet reflection, lighting my Advent candles and opening my heart to God’s Love.
John the Baptist, you leapt ￼with joy welcoming Jesus. Help us each find some way to prepare to welcome him joyfully this Christmas.”Patricia Livingston