Here we are at the Second Week of Advent. How is your pilgrimage going? Have you set aside a place and time to be quiet and be with the Lord? It is a very important part of the journey!
People often go on a pilgrimage because they are searching for something. What are you searching for during this Advent Pilgrimage? Have you scheduled in some silent time so you can hear what you are searching for?
Noise can be a total distraction, used as a way to run away from what we have been looking for. The key to life is to be silent, remain still, and embrace our search. What do you want from the Lord on Christmas Day? During this busy time, try a dose of silence: “Our prayer needs silence, just as our bodies need oxygen” (Rejoice, 36).
St. John the Baptist has become our Pilgrimage guide. He reminds us that it is time to “prepare the way of the Lord” (Matthew 3:3), and also of what is important and urgent, and where we are in life. Let’s unpack those ideas a little!
Some of us are good at preparing for events, while others may fly by the seat of our pants! If we are serious about spiritual growth during this Advent Pilgrimage, we need to prepare ourselves. During this busy time, it is not so much having the time to prepare but making the time.
Important or Urgent
John the Baptist was not afraid to speak. When the truth needed to be spoken, he raised his voice. This is clear when he said “you brood of vipers” (Matthew 3:7) to the Pharisees. John had to call out to them, using the time of Baptism of so many as a teachable moment. He had to choose what was important versus what is urgent. It’s funny that while I was preparing this, I had an important versus urgent moment myself. It was nearing the end of my adoration and I was starting to feel very hungry – I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind! Now, I knew that it was urgent that I wrote this, but it was important that I eat first so that I could concentrate fully on the reflection. Worked for me!
Where We Are in Life
This speaks of what God is doing in our lives. Do I see God in the everyday situation of where I am at the present moment? What is God saying, what do I hear, and what am I to learn from this? Where are you in this whole Advent Pilgrimage?
Lots of questions to reflect on that I hope will help you Prepare to know the Important and find God exactly where you are in life right now!
Till next week,
P.S.: Here is a note for the week: WIJD; what is Jesus doing in my life during this Advent?