The Liturgy for the First Sunday of Advent tells us to get ready to receive the Lord. How am I to prepare for His coming?
I love the prayer we always sang at St. Charles as we walked to and from classes during Advent. We sang it in Latin: "Veni, veni. Domine Jesu et noli tardare." Come, Lord Jesus, Come, and do not delay. It is good to prepare our hearts with desire for the coming of the Lord.
The Gospel tells us: "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life...Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."
Prayer for light will help us see how the Lord wants us to prepare this Advent for His Coming.