Thought for the week

18 Dec 2017

Second Sunday of Advent & Second Week in Advent

“Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for Him to travel.’ “ Mark 1:3

As we come to the second week in Advent, we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah re-spoken by St John the Baptist from within the heart of the wilderness as he preaches conversion, repentance and baptism.

How are we to make way for the Lord?

At this time of year we can be so busy with all the ‘other’ Christmas preparations that our activities of shopping, card writing, decorating, socialising and visiting relatives can drown out the still small voice of God and we could easily forget the real reason for all our hustle and bustle and busyness – the Birth of Jesus, the Word Made Flesh – God with us, God becoming human.

God in His love reaches out to us and gently draws us in close to Him once again through the celebration of Advent.  The Advent wreath reminds us to pray, to pause and to reflect wherever we are and whatever activities we are involved with.  Little acts of kindness towards others and moments of quiet can all help us to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’ in our own lives.

Our prayer this week:

Lord, you come to us in the ordinary things of life, just as you revealed your heart for all people when Jesus was born into the world for us as a tiny baby.  Help us to make the changes in our daily lives to make the Christ Child welcome.  Amen