but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
grant us admittance to his company.
Now, am I setting out in haste to meet Jesus or am I so busy with all that leads up to Christmas that I forget the real purpose of the celebration? We are called to prepare to meet Jesus as He comes into our world again and so we recall His first coming. We wait and prepare our hearts to welcome Him.
The first reading from Isaiah 11:1-10 tells us that, "The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord."
All the readings are worth meditating on, but the Gospel (Mt 3: 1-12) shows us John the Baptist preaching to prepare the way of the Lord.