Time to Trailblaze

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

I think one of the most exciting professions, both in our age and the ages past, would have been those of the TRAILBLAZERS. A testament to this is that they even have an NBA team named after them in Portland! But, trailblazers are those who go into an area of wild growth and begin to cut a new path for others to later make their way in or out.  They may even be sent into an area that once had been tamed, but over time the wild growth had taken back over.  It was, and is, a job that is extremely exciting as well as one that can be very scary. You are diving into the unknown, you are stirring up insects and animals and all kinds of things that have taken up residence in the dark areas of the jungle that it now is.

These are the images and concepts that are being employed during Advent by Isaiah and the prophets, and especially by John the Baptist as the faithful are being implored to PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD! Make straight his paths, fill every valley, and make low every mountain! We as a people may find that there are certain valleys, mountains, or areas of overgrowth that have formed in areas of our lives over the past year(s), but now hear the voice crying out in the desert … now is the time to TRAILBLAZE!  Now is the time to prepare the way of the Lord so that when he comes at Christmas, we are ready to receive him; so that he can find his way in!

When we begin to prepare our own lives, we also are a witness to the friends and family around us who may then be inspired to do the same.  We are preparing the way of the Lord in their lives as well!  So as we close out Advent this year, TRAILBLAZE something in your life!  Do it for you… do it for your family… and most importantly do it so that you may grow closer to the Lord during this Christmas season.

 

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