Preparation: begins with the desire

“As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ He shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!’ The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, ‘Son of David, have pity on me!’ Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He replied, ‘Lord, please let me see.’ Jesus told him, ‘Have sight; your faith has saved you.’ He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.”

Luke 18:35-43

Take a few moments to read the passage from Luke 18. 

Have you ever wanted something so bad that you would do anything to receive it?

Would you say the blind man along the roadside had a deep desire to see?  His desire was so great that he persisted in calling out to Jesus even when others tried to silence him.  When he tells Jesus what he wants after Jesus asked him, he receives his sight immediately.

In order to receive something, we have to know that we desire it.  If I have no interest in candy, I’m not going to enjoy the flavor on my taste buds.  On the other hand, if I love the flavor of cinnamon, when I smell the aroma of cinnamon rolls freshly baked, I will gladly receive the invitation to taste one. 

During Advent, we are challenged to search for our desire for the Lord so that we can fully receive Him into our hearts. 

Are you ready to begin your Advent preparation by seeking a deeper desire for Christ?

In Fr. Mike Schmitz homily yesterday, he proposed an invitation to visit the Tabernacle and sit with Jesus for these 29 days of Advent, asking Jesus to reveal himself to us. An invitation or perhaps a challenge? Will you accept?

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