Today’s psalmist asks the Lord to guide him in the way of truth and teach him his paths. In many ways, that is the journey most of us as Christ’s disciples have tried to follow during the Advent season. Here at St. James parish in Tupelo, we have tried to journey through Advent in joy and hope. We have had a lot of symbols and messengers and devotions lead us and guide us during this holy season. These things are to help us express our openness to letting God teach us and guide us in our lives, just what the psalmist expresses to us today.
The Gospel reading about the birth of John the Baptist describes for us the consequences of Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s preparation for God will in their lives. Their journey had some twists and turns for them, but their preparation & their willingness to listen to God enabled them to not only stand up against peer pressure from friends and relatives, but it enabled them to speak and act in a way that brought others to recognize the presence of God in their lives. Their son would later grow up to be the man whose voice cried out the wilderness, the man who directly prepared the way for Jesus and his ministry.
Today’s Gospel helps prepare us to celebrate our joyful Christmas Eve celebrations tomorrow. May the Lord lead us and guide us, opening our hearts as we enter the Christmas season with the birth of Christ into our world. May this upcoming liturgical season of Christmas help us to learn more about God’s truth and laws.