2nd Sunday of Advent

It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: “A voice crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.'”

Matthew 3:3

When you give God an inch, he will surely take a mile. I’m amazed by how much I’ve grown in prayer during the first week of Advent. I’ve been praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena, and I’ve been working on my Marian Consecration by reading 33 Days to Morning Glory every evening. I continuously stop and pray throughout the day, offering up little prayers of thanksgiving and asking God for help when I’m feeling down or working on something difficult. During the first week of Advent, I began to prepare my heart, and now I’ll continue and grow deeper in my preparation during the second week.

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In today’s Gospel we hear about John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin. He dedicated his life to, of course, baptizing others, but by doing so, he helped others prepare for the coming of their Savior. He did this with urgency, without wasting time. Likewise, we should prepare ourselves and help others prepare for Christ’s coming. Instead of keeping Christ to ourselves, we share him and his good news with those around us, helping them to draw closer to him. The second Advent candle symbolizes faith. It reminds us to ignite our faith in Christ’s coming. Just as one candle’s flame can light another’s we can easily share our faith with others. We can share the light of Christ with others and make this world a brighter place.

I had keep this blog post short because I’m currently preparing for finals week. Consequently, I’ll take a short break from writing, but I’ll be back in time for the third week of Advent!

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Published by madeline_mckissick

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Madeline spent a year of service in Washington DC before settling on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her husband, Nathan strive for holiness and Sainthood by living simply and intentionally with their eyes fixed on God. You can find Madeline wearing cardigans, enjoying a charcuterie board and a glass of wine, playing board games, spending time with her loved ones, and sometimes doing all four at once. Check out radiantwithjoy.blog and @radiantwjoy on Instagram!

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