Jesus is continually coming, and the dimensions of this coming are manifold. He has come. He will come again in glory. He comes in each Eucharist celebrated. He says to us in the first reading: “Comfort, O Comfort my people, she has received from the Lord’s hand double punishment for all her sins.” (Is 40:1-2). Jesus has paid the debt or our sin fully and therefore, we can already celebrate our return to the Lord. The fruit of living the Way of Jesus everyday is a real interior peace that makes us ready to meet him at any time.
What changes can we make in our lives for the year ahead? We hear the Lord always telling us: “Do not be afraid. Be without fear, live our words and actions with strength for Jesus is always with us.” (Is 40:9-11).
What sort of a way will we pave for Jesus to come into His world and for others to meet Jesus this Advent? St. Peter tells us: “…while you wait and long for the Day of God to come…do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.” The coming of the Lord does not fill His friends with fear and anxiety but rather with a joyful anticipation of one friend to another.
We have heard that the Lord is patient with us and waiting for us to turn our hearts to Him. As we anticipate and wait for the coming of the Lord, we do our best to live this period of anticipation with peace, hope, joy and love so that other will be attracted. Each of us is given a way to reach people that no one else can reach – our family members, relatives, colleagues and other people who may come into our life. So, what better present to give Jesus than a deepening of my own conversion and leading someone else to know and experience the love of Jesus!
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