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Monday, December 1, 2008

Come, Lord Jesus, and do not delay!

Today's opening prayer in "Lord our God, help us to prepare for the coming of Christ your Son. May he find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer."
In Advent we are asking God to help us to prepare for the coming of his Son and we ask this in the name of the Son. God is pleased to be asked and wants to help us prepare for the coming of Jesus. Advent celebrates the triple comings of the Lord: his birth, his coming into our hearts, and his final coming. We need to prepare and Isaiah tells us in the first reading of the Liturgy:"The mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the highest mountain...All nations shall stream towards it; many peoples shall come and say:'Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain...'"
Why? So "he may instruct us in his ways and we may walk in his paths." This is what Advent is about--letting God teach us his ways so we can walk in his path, a path of peace.
The Gospel shows us the faith and humility of the centurion who was interceding for his sick servant. He said to Jesus, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed." Jesus was amazed at this faith! We need to say to Jesus, too, "Lord, I am not worthy, but I desire to prepare for your coming into my heart this Advent in a deeper way.

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