John the Baptist went before Christ to announce his coming and to help prepare those who would listen to be ready and receive Him. Each of us is also called to prepare the way for the Lord coming anew into our hearts. How do we do that? Let us think about whether our lives reflect truth that we belong to Christ. By our thoughts, words, and actions, do we help prepare others to receive the Gospel in some needed area of their lives? St. Jose Marie Escriva said this in a homily…
“We are [called to be] witnesses and precursors…we have to show others the way…we should struggle to make our actions remind others of Jesus and His most lovable personality. We have to act in such a way that others when they meet us, will be able to say, “This man/woman is a Christian…because he/she is willing to make sacrifices, because he/she is a man/woman of peace, and because he/she knows how to love.” (Christ is Passing By, p. 122).
Advent is the perfect time to think about generosity. Whether it be past, present, or future, no greater act of generosity will be extended to us than God, sending His Son into the world for us!
Peace be with you,
Deacon John Bartos