The Branch - December 9, 2018

Dec 10, 2018

Make Straight His Path

This past week I had the good fortune to be able to join my family in a trip to Walt Disney World (that’s the one in Florida). That is why I was not in church with you on Sunday; I had a flight that left early enough that I had to be at the airport before Mass started.

As I was sitting in the airport, I opened the Laudate app on my phone. If you don’t have it, I strongly recommend that you get it. It’s a free app that is available in both the Google and Apple app stores. I was reviewing the readings for Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent. I found myself amused by the Gospel of Luke: “… Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” (Luke 3:4) The passage quotes the Prophet Isaiah and I can tell you that neither Walt Disney World nor the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) are familiar with these words.

Anyone who has flown on a plane or visited Walt Disney World will know immediately that you do a lot of walking back and forth in line to get through security or to get on a ride. At first glance, I thought that Isaiah would be shaking his head in bemusement as he makes his way closer to get on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

As I reflected on the passage more, I began to think about the blocks that we put in Jesus’ path as he walks with us in our every day lives. I can only imagine that every sin that is committed is another wall that appears to keep Jesus from reaching us (and vice versa). The only way to find our way clear and reunite with Jesus on this journey of life is through the grace and mercy found by the penitent heart in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To go back to my earlier analogy, it’s like a FastPass+. (If you’re not familiar with a FastPass+, it is a way to get on a ride faster at an appointed time. It also allows you to bypass most, or all, of the winding queues before getting on a ride.)

This Advent season, as we prepare the way for the Lord, let us take this time to examine our conscience and confess our sins before God and seek His forgiveness. This is a joyous time and we can participate completely in the joy of the preparation and the nativity by coming as close as possible to the innocence found in the visage of a baby, born in a lowly manger, over 2000 years ago.

God bless! Jason

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