We are invited by the Church to prepare for Christmas. Advent is the time for reflection and personal renewal in preparation for the coming of Jesus into our lives. Through his letter today, St. Peter reminds us of God’s great desire to come into our lives and our need to be prepared for that event when it happens.
We want God’s help and comfort, but we are not always prepared to change our ways to enhance genuine conversion. For God to come to us, we need to go to Him, to let every day become Christmas and the
“Day of the Lord.”
Do we accept Jesus or reject Him during this Christmas season? It was their stubborn pride and self-centeredness, which blinded the eyes of the Jews and kept them from recognizing Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah.
The same stubborn pride, the same exaggerated sense of our own dignity, blinds the intellects of many of us today who not only fail to accept Christ and His good tidings, but also prevent others from accepting Him. Let us accept Jesus as our personal savior and Lord during this Christmas season and remain, or become, true Christians in our daily conduct.
Let us use these days of preparation for Christmas to ready ourselves for His daily coming and His Second Coming, remembering that it will occur for each one of us on the day of our death. When we show real love, kindness, mercy and a spirit of forgiveness, we are announcing the truth that Christ is with us. Thus, our lives become a kind of Bible which others can read. John the Baptist invites us to turn this advent season into a real spiritual homecoming by making the necessary preparations for the arrival of the Savior into our lives.
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