REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR
We are in the second Sunday of Advent. Many of us are already engrossed in the preparation for Christmas. The trouble, it seems is that our modern society has commercialized Christmas so that we have mistaken icings from the cake, the accidents from the substance. Somebody once made this strange proposal: “Christmas should be abolished because it only makes the poor suffer more. Hence, we need to constantly remind ourselves to “keep Christ on Christmas”. Let us focus more on internal preparation and be ready to share some of our blessings this Christmas that would cheer and somehow alleviate the harsh conditions of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. That is why, in today’s gospel, it instructs us to prepare in the true spirit that is, inwardly by which John the Baptist beautifully announces: “Reform lives, the kingdom of God is at hand.” The Christmas carol, Joy to the World puts it beautifully: “Let every heart prepare Him room.” This is a big event, the coming of God’s Kingdom. Indeed, it is the big event of world history. But John does not worry about his outfit or what he will eat. He simply gets ready for the coming of the Lord. And as God’s messenger, he warns the rest of the people to get ready too. Reform! Repent! Reform your lives! And turn away from sin. Say, ‘We are sorry”, and walk with it. Do it ! and do it now! Tomorrow may be too late!