In the season of Advent, how do you prepare for the coming of Jesus?
Just as you would clean and beautify your house when you are expecting some special guests, you should also make ready your heart to receive Jesus.
As Catholics, we start preparing for the coming of the infant Jesus four Sundays before December 25. During this waiting period called Advent, we are encouraged to reflect on our lives, repent of our sins and amend our ways in preparation for Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
We are to be expecting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus Christ, the only One who can redeem us from our sins.
But the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of the light of the world, Jesus Christ, has long been muddled up by commercialism. Instead of preparing to receive Jesus in their lives, most are getting busy planning for parties, decorating their houses and buying gifts for their friends and relatives.
While those kinds of preparation are not entirely bad at all, they can send the wrong message to the children who look to their elders for guidance. It is therefore necessary to continue with the tradition that the Catholic Church has taught us so the next generation kids are properly guided. The other practices should just be additions and not the main thing.
During Advent, we are also reminded of Jesus’ second coming which will usher in the last judgment. If you are not that keen on properly preparing for Christmas, you should be for His second coming. We all should be.
We should be ready for His second coming everyday of our lives for we do not know the time. We should be like the five wise maidens who brought flasks of oil with their lamps (Matthew 25:1-13).
Luke 3:10 shares how we should prepare for the coming of Jesus:
“He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none;
and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
We should bear fruits that befit repentance (Luke 3:8). Saying you repent of your sins is useless if your actions contradict so.
Be reminded of Matthew 25: 41-46:
Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, a stranger and you gave Me no welcome, naked and you gave Me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for Me.’
Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to Your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for Me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
To prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus, we should be living our lives doing charitable works, treating the least of our brethren as Jesus.
Let us feed the hungry and give water to the thirsty.
Let us make the helpless strangers feel welcome.
Let us help provide clothing to those who have none and care for those who are ill and in prison.
Let us live in humility, always willing to do the will of God.
Let us prepare for the coming of Jesus everyday of our lives.
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