Prepare the Way of the Lord

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent by FAN Director of Advocacy, Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our December 3rd newsletter

prepare.roadEvery year in the readings of the Second Week of Advent we hear the words of Isaiah proclaimed by John, son of Zechariah: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” I admit that I like this yearly calling, as well as the songs that are usually sung at Sunday liturgy. They accompany the  ritual of the lighting of the candle in the Advent wreath which gives a visual to the Season. But, what does it mean for me this year, to prepare the way of the Lord? That is when I realized that Paul, in the letter to the Philippians, is coming to my/our help.

Paul is praying for us, I suggest, helping us to prepare the way of the Lord. “And this is my prayer: 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, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” So this year Paul prays for me that I may be able to discern what is of value. Our world is so confusing, value seems to have very blurred lines. What is proclaimed as important  is actually secondary or non-important, while the values of love, decency, respect and mercy are ignored. There is certainly no true value in rejecting people at the border, in admitting only those who do not need financial help, in being indifferent to the catastrophic famine in Yemen that is caused also by U.S. bombs. What is of value? What do I value in my life? Do the choices I make in what I say, what I do, what I buy, what I read, reflect my values or do I allow the buzzing of the media to shape what I care for? Am I ready to say that Jesus and his values are taking flesh in me this Advent Season?

Next week we also celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She too can teach us what is of value by choosing to make herself present to Juan Diego, a poor Mexican peasant whose life of service to his sick uncle was hidden. Mary chose him as her privileged son to show the world that his hidden and simple life was of great value to her, more than the powerful in the eyes of the world could tell. As we discern for ourselves how to prepare the way of the Lord in our lives, let us ask Mary and Paul’s help that when the Lord comes He may find us “filled with the fruits of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ”.

Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF

FAN Director of Advocacy

Published in: on December 4, 2018 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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