Advent with Jean de Brébeuf Week II

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths."
John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
-The Gospel of Mark 1:1-4, The Second Sunday in Advent, 2017

“Oh my God, how is it that you are unknown? How is that this strange land has not yet been converted to you? How is it that sin has not yet been abolished? How is it that you are not loved?”
-The Diary of St. Jean de Brébeuf, 1649

As we move forward this Advent season walking with St. Jean de Brébeuf, how can we look with him towards the coming Christ child and see, between us, a wilderness not yet prepared to welcome the Lord? Watching our hearts, where do we see ways that are not aligned with the path of self-giving love He sets before us? In the world surrounding us, where do we recognize the face of Jesus in those excluded and suffering, and what ways can we find to greet Him with more joyful and compassionate welcome?

St. Jean de Brébeuf, pray that our lives may continue the work of conversion you and your companions began in this land, and that we may share in your labors to prepare for the coming reign of love. Pray for us, that this work of conversion always occurs first in our own hearts, that we may better recognize the Lord who will appear before us as we ask Christ, with you, “How is it that you are not loved?”

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