Prepared for the Lord?
In the classic Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the dwarves go off to work with picks and shovels over their shoulders singing joyfully: “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go.” In our Advent song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” we join that happy work song of the seven dwarves. Our Advent foreman, John the Baptist, shouts, “Shoulder your pick and shovel and make straight your crooked ways; fill in your valleys and level your mountains – prepare the way of the Lord.”
Let us all recapture the true meaning of this holy season; a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. We do this by carving out space in our mountains of commitments for prayer and liturgical celebration. Please note the special celebrations: today the Redlands Community Chorus comes here to St. Rita Church at 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, December 19 there is a Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pasadena; and on Sunday, December 23 the Candlelight Walk here in Sierra Madre begins here at St. Rita Church at 6:15 p.m. These are excellent opportunities to prepare for the coming (advent) of Christ.
Let each one of us heed the voice of John the Baptist, and like those dwarves in the movie, joyfully engage in the work ahead of us. In this case it is our joyful Advent work, a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go.” Peace.