Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths…
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth… Luke 3
It is surely consoling that today’s gospel reminds us there are many paths and roads and ways to God, and the prophet, Baruch (chapter 5) that ‘that the forests and every fragrant kind of tree have overshadowed Israel… whom God is leading in joy by the light of divine glory and with mercy and justice for company.’
A Hindu proverb challenges us that ‘the only person wasting time is the one who runs around telling everyone that his or her path is wrong’!
2 December, 2018
‘All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy’. Psalm 25
Brian Draper, an English writer, described watching a small child who ‘spotted a puddle… and was transfixed, as if it were the first she’d ever seen… circled the puddle and gazed into it, jumped across it, and finally – splash! – leapt right in… over-brimming with wonder’.
On our path through Advent this year, let us put on a ‘beginner’s mind’ and jump into opportunities to wonder at the Mystery this season celebrates.