Prepare The Way

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My mindset for the past month has been all this: prepare. From preparing for a fundraising event, to preparing to leave a job that I’ve been at for five and  a half years (14 days of work left!) to preparing for new service for 2014. This has left very little time and little space in my mind to prepare for Christmas. So far I’ve only bought a grand total of: 3 presents. But more than that, I hadn’t really been preparing myself emotionally, mentally or spiritually for Christmas. Other than the little devotional “Behold” that was made available at my parish (which I recommend, the reflections go off).

This really hit me last Saturday during a thanksgiving mass where the CFC choir sang a song called “Prepare the Way”. A title very fitting for Advent. But it was the chorus that really struck me – “Make ready your heart, make ready your home, make ready the people of God.”

The word prepare is a command, a constant action. The word seems so busy, but really, when I thought about it, it felt like the state of busy was manufactured or easily manipulated. The word has no end goal or deadline or sometimes just a very vague word for looking busy. The word seemed really weak.

But maybe it’s because I compared it to the phrase “make ready”. It’s so definitive and strong – don’t just prepare, prepare to a state that is ready, to a state that it is at the best it can be to experience or face whatever is coming.

It’s kinda like when you go to a gig of a band you like. You like their songs, know a couple of them really well, but there are so many songs on so many albums that you don’t know. Come the gig, you die when the band performs the songs you love, dance and sing the only three lines  you in the chorus of the songs you kinda know and nod or mosh or tap your foot politely to the beat of the songs you don’t know. At the end of the night, you’re (usually) satisfied, usually a bit disappointed they didn’t play that song, but all in all had a really good night.

But if you had prepared a bit better, you would have known more of the songs. Maybe known all the songs and all lyrics. Maybe, if you love knowing song meanings like my sister and I, you could have even understood how and why certain songs came about – the inspiration, the break up, the girl the lead singer wrote the song about. In a non-stalkerish way, of course. Maybe (especially if you’re a muso, which I sadly am not) you would have seen that, “Hey they don’t do that into in the album version” or “Man, he really nailed that solo”. Maybe if we prepared more, we would have been able to appreciate the gig so much more.

So, how to make ready our hearts, home or people for the coming of Christ. I guess a big part of it is just spending time with Him – daily mass, adoration, reading the daily readings and reflections available. Contemplating this time with His mother, praying the rosary, imagining the events that were unfolding in front of her eyes. And also, mirroring His love. Society’s is telling us that $$ is the way to show love this season. And it can be! But when we give, let’s not give with a selfish, stressed or disgruntled “Oh I just have to give this person something” / “Man, I don’t wana spend that much on this person” heart. Let’s give lovingly and generously. Let’s give the unselfish, non-refundable  gift of time. And let’s give the gift of ourselves. It sounds really lame, but in this time when Our Almighty God gave Himself, in flesh and blood, to us in a stable in Bethlehem, what better way can we prepare ourselves than to imitate Him?


Written by Candice

December 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

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  1. Thanks Candice for an inspiring insight. Let’s make ready our hearts!


    December 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

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