Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
John the Baptist’s call to the people around him to “prepare the way of the Lord and to make straight his paths” (Mark 1:3) was truly the voice of one crying in the desert (wilderness) of the world.
Could the “desert” of our day be our own contemporary cultures inundated with multi-tasking, social networking, texting, iPads, iPhones, iPods, etc.? With FAST becoming a way of life, many have been living at a dangerous pace. Are we also caught up in this lifestyle simply because it is in the air that we breathe? Has this pace drowned out that small voice of someone crying out in the desert to us: “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths“?
How different are the images from the prophet Isaiah (40:1-5, 9-11) in the first reading . . . images of comfort, tenderness, forgiveness, transformation, fearlessness, rest, presence. Perhaps these are some of the reflections we need to consider during these days of Advent. We can best “prepare the way for the Lord” this year by doing less, not more. Maybe we can “prepare the way for the Lord” by figuring out where and how we can slow down our pace, to make a pathway for the Lord into our hearts.
In the midst of this busy Advent 2014, am I able to make time, space and be silent so that my heart and mind will be alert for God’s Word, alive and active? Am I open, so that God can lure me closer (Is. 40:11) and speak to MY heart?
Sister Joanne Leccese, cps