Pastoral Reflections by Staff of St Joseph

Second Sunday of Advent

A Reflection on the Second Sunday of Advent – Luke 3:1-6

A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord.
Make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
And every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight.
And the rough ways made smooth.
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

John the Baptist was chosen to speak for Jesus and spread the message to the people of Jordan.  The verses from the Gospel of St. Luke clearly indicate what is needed to be done to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ… to repent and to forgive for salvation.

This is what Advent is all about.  It is the time to prepare ourselves for Jesus.  It is the time for us to ponder our own valleys, mountains, hills and rough ways.  This may not be an easy journey to take but with sincere humility and repentance for our sins, Jesus is always ready to embrace us.  By journeying with Jesus, we will find comfort while we repair ourselves.

I always feel a bit of sadness when the last quarter of the year rolls in.  Through the years, I have noticed that right after Halloween, the retail stores are overflowing with Christmas items.  People are starting to shop for Christmas gifts.  Perhaps, we need to slow down a little and venerate Advent first.  Advent is not the beginning of Christmas season but it is the season of preparation and restitution.

During this time, we have to consciously make an effort to ignore the noise that surrounds us in this busy world we live in and allow ourselves to begin our spiritual journey.  This is the time to fill our valleys with love, our mountains and hills with forgiveness and our rough ways with humility.  By being truly sorry, this will enable us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ.

As I pray:  Dear Jesus, I ask YOUR forgiveness and YOUR healing touch.  Give me strength and guidance to remain in YOUR path because without YOU, I cannot do all these.  Amen.

Grace Lichauco

Family of Faith Ministry