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2nd Sunday of Advent: Prepare the way of the Lord…in your heart. Catholic Inspiration

The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in John the Baptist to “prepare the way of the Lord” for the coming of Jesus.  Advent offers us the opportunity to make our own preparations as we repent, reconcile and look for the holy.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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2nd Sunday of Advent: Prepare the way of the Lord.

Study: Reflect on an experience where you were able to act in a strong and powerful way.  How did you prepare for this work?

Pray:  Do you see an obstacle in your life that is keeping you from the Lord or another person?  Pray for the grace to prepare the way.

Serve: How can you assist someone who is working on a difficult task right now?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

This week we hear about John the Baptist who embodies the great call of Isaiah the prophet to “prepare the way of the Lord.”  John heralds the coming of the Messiah, urging us to change our ways and prepare our hearts.  Here’s a quick recap:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah comforts the people as God prepares the way.
  • Psalm – “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”
  • 2nd Reading – We patiently await the Lord’s coming.
  • Gospel – John the Baptist preaches repentance and prepares the people for Jesus.

The stirring quality of these readings prompts us to respond decisively.  God calls us to action!  God comes with power!  The urgency underscored in these readings today emphasizes that eternal life is at stake; what we do here on earth leads to repercussions in Heaven.

Yet we also know that careful planning frequently precedes bold action.  As we follow Christ we take the time that Advent offers to reflect on how the Lord is speaking to our lives.  We pause in this season because there are critical times in life that demand stillness, silence, reflection and thoughtful attention.  Simply put, we slow down with the Lord so that we are ready to speed up when life switches gears.

What is God doing in our lives today?  What needs preparation?  How is the Lord working in and through our hearts?

Take this week and perform a simple internal spiritual inventory.  Consider this one question – If God called you home tonight, would you be ready?    If the answer is yes, then we live our faith with eagerness and zeal.  If the answer is no, then we take time to prepare the way for the Lord.

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Daily Mass: The death of John the Baptist

Mass Readings – The Passion of St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist precedes Jesus in his birth, preaching and death.  John’s witness to the Lord and the giving of his life inspire us to consider how we offer our lives each day to Christ…until the day when the Lord takes us by the hand at the hour of our own death.

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Daily Mass: Faith in the midst of cruelty. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 17th Week of the Year

The death of John the Baptist is an outrage, a stark example of human cruelty that assaults our sensibilities.  While we acknowledge the presence of violence and hatred in our world we continue to see in the Cross of Christ God’s response: a love that embraces our sins.

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The Birth of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

As the herald of Jesus, John directs people to prepare for the coming of the messiah.  His birth, words and actions all point others to the Lord…and inspire us to do the same as modern days disciples.

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary and Elizabeth – pregnant with Jesus and John the Baptist – meet and rejoice at the goodness of the Lord.  Both women knew hardship, yet their faith inspires us to see God at work…in good times and in bad.

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Daily Mass: Following Christ in the face of opposition. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of the Year

The death of John the Baptist recalls the fact that doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason does NOT mean that life will always be easy.  In fact, our faith in Jesus Christ will sometimes put us squarely in the face of opposition…and we recognize that we might suffer even as we serve the Lord with all our heart.

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