Advent Reflections – by Fr. Bob Warren, S.A.

It’s that time of year again. A time to get ready to celebrate the greatest event in human history; the birth of Christ. Ever since the fifth century the Church has observed the season of Advent as a special time for spiritual renewal. There is no specific biblical command that we should keep this four-week observance, but there is a clear exhortation running through scripture that we ought to prepare for the Lord’s coming.

We read in Isaiah 40:3-5
“A voice cries:
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
The uneven ground shall become level,
And the rough places a plain.”

And then, in Luke 3:4-6
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
And every mountain and hill shall
Be brought low,
The crooked shall be made straight,
And the rough ways shall be made smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

This is the imagery used by Scripture. The King is arriving; prepare the way. The Ruler is coming, make sure His path is clean. I would like to suggest that during these weeks of Advent we do just that. Along with our other Christmas preparations, let us get things ready for the coming of Christ.

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