We have been in this time of expectation and of preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the past month. The Church, in wanting to prepare the faithful for the great feast of the Incarnation, has determined that the two Sundays before Nativity would have a direct bearing on the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This coming Sunday is called the “Sunday of the Forefathers” and next week is called, “The Genealogy of Christ.”
The central idea in Advent is that we are focusing on the coming of the Lord Jesus. One might perhaps feel that this term “coming” is purely symbolic, for in fact Christ comes to us at all times and in fact, abides in us. Nevertheless, this approach and this presence of Christ, both of which are eternal, take on a special character at Advent; they acquire intensity. A special grace of the ‘coming’ of the Lord is offered to us. The Lord Jesus is already present to us; but the grace of Advent allows us a more vivid, and quite new, awareness of his presence. Jesus is near us and in us. All the same He makes himself known to us, during this season in the Church, as “he who comes” that is to say he makes himself known as the One who wants to be with us, as the God who wants to be intimate with us.
Christian prayer during this time of Advent can be summed us in one word, ‘Come.’ It is the “Come Lord Jesus”, with which the Book of Revelation ends. If we utter this call for help with sincerity it becomes a true ascesis, and the hope and anticipation of the Lord, in fact, fills a place in our souls.
We need to prepare a way for the Lord and make his path straight so that there will not be any obstacles in His way.
Prepare the way for the Lord; clear a straight path for him. Isaiah 40: 1-11, Mark: 1:1-8