Monday, December 5, 2011

Looking ahead

Advent — the coming
of the Lord — is the reason
for the season. It is why and
how and what Advent is about.
Advent — Prepare, prepare, prepare!

By Father Perry D. Leiker

“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord. Make straight his paths. Open up the highway to the Lord.”

All the imagery and language is about the most direct route to God. Level down the mountains; fill up the potholes and valleys; get rid of the switchbacks and windy roads. Get the governor’s program functional — let the federal government do its part. We need to get there fast, safe, without delay. Fix those roads (actually, the spiritual ones)!

Does it seem urgent? Do we sense that something great is happening here? Jesus is coming now: in the word, in Eucharist, in Christmas, in our prayer, in our being together as one, at the end of time.

John pointed to him and announced his coming. What is — is! What is coming — is coming! Our part is to prepare! “Prepare Ye! Prepare the Way of the Lord!” There is nothing, deep within the spirit, that is more important than this. In fact, everything we do, including washing the dishes, is yet another way to “prepare the way of the Lord.”

There is absolutely nothing in which the Lord is not present. We need to open and receive. Advent — the coming of the Lord — is the reason for the season. It is why and how and what Advent is about.

Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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