Tuesday in the First Week of Advent
As we continue to travel through Advent, we prepare to celebrate Christmas and even more to be spiritually ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In today's Gospel we can understand that we are to prepare our souls to be cleaned and without blemish. For as the Scriptures state, "Whoever sins belongs to the devil" (1 John 3:8). Let us remember to go to Confession - this week! Repent! Let us all prepare for Christmas and more truly for the Second Coming of Christ.
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” Luke 10:21-24
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem in a manger, a feeding place for animals. The only one to ever deserve a place and glory humbly was born in poverty. And he was greeted by the lowly shepherds. Let us to the example of Mary, Joseph, some shepherds and the wisemen. All of them made sacrifices in some manner. Let us meditate on each of them and seek to imitate their love for God.
For as the Gospel states, "No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” Pray that you might not just know of the Son, Jesus Christ, but truly know him. Prepare your hearts for his Coming in glory and go to Confession often to prepare. If Jesus Christ came in glory tomorrow, ask yourself if you would be ready.