December 15, 2022

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