December 9, 2018 Sunday of the 2nd Week in Advent-C

Baruch 5:1-9

Psalm 126

Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11

Luke 3:1-6

…every mountain be made low… Bar. 5:7

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  Lk. 3:4

Lord, this world provides so many obstacles to being ready for your coming.  We are surrounded by the materialistic, commercial and entertainment world of distractions.  Our minds are filled with so many diversions that can pull us off-track in our preparations for your coming.  Lord, my prayer today is that I can focus on removing any barriers that keep me from being open to your presence.  Help me to give up my usual rush and busyness and to keep my eyes on you and your dream for me.  Lower any mountains of greed or selfishness you find in me.  Make the road straight that I must walk to you.  I will make a good effort to go to Confession this Advent and unload any baggage that I have been carrying for so long.  May I be open each and every day to your word in Holy Scripture that will light the path to your heart.  Lord, receive the prayers of my heart for those in my family who have lost their way and no longer seek you.  I know you love them even more than I do.  Make me ready, dear Jesus.