Halfway Point of Advent

Homily for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

We are now at the halfway point of our Advent season. Christmas is only two weeks away. This weekend would be a good time for us to reflect on how the Lord has been moving and acting in our lives over the past couple of weeks.

What has He been bringing up in our hearts? In what ways is He seeking to prepare our hearts for His coming at Christmas? Are we allowing Him to change our hearts or are we getting in the way? Have we been faithful to any commitments we have made for this Advent season? If we have, stay the course. If we haven’t been doing those things, recommit to them this morning.

This season of Advent is the perfect time for us to rediscover our love and faith in God, for us to redirect our attention back to the Lord. It is a time when we should turn our hearts and minds back to the Lord, allowing Him to change our lives. It is a time when we should seek to become better Christians, better followers and disciples of Jesus, striving to live in the ways that He has invited us to live, striving to respond wholeheartedly to that vocation to holiness that He has placed within each of our hearts.

The cry of John the Baptist is getting louder. “Prepare the way of the Lord!” Are we heeding his words? Jesus is coming soon. Let’s continue preparing our hearts. Let’s continue to invite the Lord in and ask Him to bring healing and wholeness to our lives. Let’s continue preparing a place within us for the coming of the Savior. 

Image: St. John the Baptist in the Desert, Lucas van Leiden. Wikicommons. Metropolitan Museum of Art. CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0), Public Domain Dedication.

Published by Fr. Tom Pringle

Priest of the Diocese of Orlando. Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando.

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