Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world; a time for reflection on what Jesus’ birth means to us.
In this passage, we hear how John the Baptist will prepare the way for people to know and accept Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. He will lead people to awareness of God’s great gift coming in a form none of them were expecting.
Today, Advent marks a time of spiritual examination and joyous anticipation of Christmas. However, most years the practical preparations for parties, family gatherings, wonderful meals and gift giving are the true focus for me and most of the people I know. We know what it means to prepare. We scramble to be sure we have all the gifts we wish to share, all the food we need, all the decorations that add fun and light to the season and we are exhausted. We know we should spend time in spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus, but that is not as easy, not as much fun, as the material preparations for Christmas.
My challenge to you is to spend time each day preparing for the Saviour’s arrival.
Jesus Christ, help us to remember and prepare for your wonderful advent by enriching our spiritual beings. Amen. — KIGN