by Sarah Stravitsch
Recently I gave birth to a precious little girl. During the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I realized that I wasn’t prepared for my baby. I knew she would be coming soon, but I didn’t know when. It was my responsibility to get ready for her. So my husband and I packed our bags for the hospital, scrubbed the house from top to bottom, and cleaned out unnecessary clutter. We washed her clothes, prepared her basinet, and organized her new room.
During Advent, the Church prepares for Christ coming as a baby and also for His second and final coming. I didn’t know when my baby would come, but I knew she was coming. In the same way, we don’t know when Christ is coming again but Scripture tells us He will be back. Therefore it is our responsibility to get ready for Him. We need to clean house and get rid of the unnecessary clutter in our spiritual lives. We need to wash our souls by praying and receiving the Sacraments. We need to prepare our hearts for the moment the special Guest arrives. Just like Lent, our attitude during Advent should be one of constant conversion.
It is easy to think, “I will start tomorrow.” However, scripture also tells us not to delay. How sad it would be if Jesus came today and we are not prepared to meet Him. He is coming, so let us pray that we are ready to meet him. Let us heed the words of the Gospel for the second Sunday of Advent, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths…and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Luke 3:4-6)