Daily Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

Second Sunday of Advent

The season of Advent is all about preparation. Today’s Gospel inspires me to ask myself two questions. The first, what am I preparing for this second week of Advent? Am I more concerned with preparing for a holiday or the birth of a King? The second question is what does “prepare” really look like? It’s an action-packed verb, isn’t it?

The prophet Isaiah’s words from Luke’s Gospel really answered those two questions for me. We are preparing for the one who will level out the peaks and valleys of our days. We’re preparing for the one who will straighten out all the winding messes our sinfulness gets us into. We’re preparing for the one who will smooth out all of our bumps and bruises with his amazing comfort and peace. We aren’t preparing for a party or a feast; we’re preparing for our salvation.

The great news is this preparation requires the opposite of action-packed frenzy. The preparation needed on our part this Advent is stillness, quietness, and a sincere invitation. God is sending his son to do all the work; our task is to simply pause and await the arrival of the Infant King who will come into our life and do all the things Isaiah promised he would do.

Ponder:

What places, situations, or circumstances in my life need smoothing, straightening, and leveling?

Pray:

God of love, show me how to be still and await patiently the coming of your Son. God of time, I ask you to manage my schedule so I can answer your invitation to spend peaceful time preparing and thanking you for the gift of your Son and the salvation he offers me.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Sheri Wohlfert

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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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  1. Sheri, this line “The great news is this preparation requires the opposite of action-packed frenzy” truly affirmed and blessed me today. In many ways, I’m having what I would consider to be a very unusual Advent season. Thank you for a needed reminder that busyness does not equate to holiness, and that stillness and silence and time with Christ are this season’s greatest gifts. Have a blessed Sunday.

  2. Our Lord is already at work in Isaiah’s 40:3-5
    restorationing Isreal & his people (the word) the plan of salvation for you & me God carefully plans with such prudent carefully taking everything into consideration with much thought for our furture that he is lovlinly thinking of his very own son b/c of the sin of this world that still keeps us away from that one on one relationship with our Lord.
    Yes, Barb you are right how are we preparing? Are we preparing with such prudente carefully like our Lord .
    To receive him ; John is saying out in the desert a king is coming into Jerusalem preparing away for him in the wilderness .
    Am I so busy that I can’t see yes , I know I am preparing for Christmas but I must be reminded of the true meaning of it with out all the holiday glam that we all enjoy .
    I must stop during these beautiful season of life and thank the Lord the for his son he gave to the world for me & you !!! ????? all are call to receive him ❣
    b/c preparing or not he is coming to give us a chance for a better life fill with hope light sight for the unbeliever hope for the oppresses joy to fill our hearts the kind of joy that only God our creator can bring us hope again I say we all need it
    Are we ready to receive ?
    Thank you for reminding me to prepare .
    Merry Christmas Bard,
    I know I was bless by thus web site this year with out women if faith line you and so many others that I got to now this year through our unleash bible study w/ Sonja Colbitt
    And Lisa Hendey who open to door to women to open up share & pray
    May God bless this ministry women keep writing your encouraging blogs sharing your hearts women need that today .
    I can testify to that ?

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