Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. This season of preparation and anticipation is comprised of the four Sundays before the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Advent has a two-fold character: it is a season to prepare for Christmas, when Christ's first coming is remembered, and is a season when we recall ever more deeply that Christ promised to come again. So, we prepare and await Christ's second coming at the end of time.
This year's theme, Ready the Way!, is a challenge for us to prepare a place for Christ in our own lives. Too often, it seems, we plan and schedule our entire lives - from classes and homework to friends and hang-out times - but we forget to make time to realize God in our midst everyday. This Advent's theme challenges us to Ready the Way for Christ to come into our hearts.
In what ways will we ready ourselves for Christ's coming? How will our Advent preparations help us encounter the living God who comes to us, not only once at Jesus' nativity or again at the end of time, but, everyday? How will we prepare ourselves for God who is with us at all times? Let's Ready the Way so that God can recognize God's presence among us always.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Ready the Way!
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths."