“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
- Isaiah 43:18-19
This scripture verse is one that I stumbled across during household retreat (or maybe just before it). It keeps coming up in my mind. There is a sense of preparation contained within it. The Lord says “I am doing a new thing.” What is that new thing that He is doing in my heart? I want to know, but I don’t understand yet. I don’t perceive it. But I know He is making straight His way in my heart (ref. Isaiah 40:3).
All the liturgical readings for the season of Advent seem to contain this feeling of preparation, of waiting. This sense of preparation rings through my heart. I am waiting. I am waiting for the coming of Christ in the flesh at Christmas; I am waiting for my trip to Austria; and I am waiting for the second coming of Christ as the King of Glory. All of these are things that require preparation, both spiritually and physically. And so I have been thinking, what can I do to prepare for these events? How can I understand what the Lord is doing in my heart?
The answer that I have come to is prayer. It is so very necessary to pray, because it is how we communicate with God and how He communicates with us. And if I want to be in union with Him, I must pray. He will prepare my heart. He will “make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" and I will be able to see where He is leading me.
Just like Fr. Joseph, our associate pastor, challenged us in his homily today, I challenge you to commit to a time of daily prayer, especially in these last few days of Advent. We want to be ready when the King of Glory comes!