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Are We Prepared to Meet Jesus?

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia

Advent is a beautiful time of preparation for Christmas. But it’s easy to lose sight of that, given our culture’s focus on gift-buying and materialism. Advent is a time to prepare to meet and celebrate the newborn King’s arrival. But what about that all-important time when we will meet Jesus when we die? If we died today, would we be prepared?

Fasting during Advent is not as widespread as fasting during Lent. But Advent is also a penitential time and fasting prepares us to celebrate the Savior’s birth. It’s not easy in our current culture of decorating early, gift buying, Christmas parties, etc. In and of themselves, gift-buying, decorating and Christmas parties are good things, but if all our focus is on these non-spiritual practices, our spiritual preparation could get lost in the shuffle.

This is the reason that fasting is definitely one of those spiritual practices that help us to be prepared. Fasting gives weight to our prayer intentions, invites the Holy Spirit in to heal our hearts and helps us to be selfless instead of selfish. Fasting added to prayer takes our prayer to a whole new level.  Fasting helps us to be ready to meet Jesus when our time comes.

Let’s pray and fast today for all the community intentions, for all those who do not believe in God and for the elderly and lonely at this difficult time of year.

Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!

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