Lord Prepare Me / Prepárame Señor

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the crowd to prepare themselves for persecution in His name. He continues: “You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.”

Yes, we can indeed see that, especially with the political climate today. Anything good or moral or that follows God’s Commandments or Church teaching causes people to immediately disregard us as “crazy” or “nuts.” Yet we know that following Christ is neither crazy nor nutty. 

Before Communion at my parish, we sing a brief but beautiful song that simply says: “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.”

I absolutely love this song because in just its few short words, it encompasses how we should feel as we prepare ourselves to receive Christ, who is truly present—body, blood, soul, and divinity—in the Eucharist.

Yes, we must prepare ourselves. We must repent of our sins. We must make changes in our lives to live in accordance with His laws. We must make a choice to follow Christ and not the world. As He said, the world will hate us. The world will mock us. But what truly matters is our eternal life, and if we follow Him—not halfheartedly and not just on Sundays—then our reward will be great in heaven.

So let us prepare ourselves to be a sanctuary for Him. Let us open our hearts to His love and to His mercy, and let us make room for Him. 

Advent begins this weekend. It is a time of preparation for the God who gave us everything we have. It’s a time to contemplate the vulnerable infant in the manger who came as a poor child rather than as a rich king. It’s a time to make room in our hearts for our Lord who died on the cross to apologize for our sins. We didn’t deserve any of this, yet He gave us this gift freely. How will we prepare? How will we thank Him?

We begin by preparing our hearts and homes for Him. We take time every day to shut out the outside world, to increase our prayer life, to spend time together as a family talking about our Lord’s birth, to stop stressing about food, gifts, and traveling, and to just allow Christ to enter our days. We give Him our time. 

Christ’s coming is the true meaning of Christmas. His coming is the greatest gift we could have ever asked for. This Advent season and this Christmas, let us treasure this gift.

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En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús le dice a la multitud que se prepare para la persecución en Su nombre. Continúa: “todos los odiarán por causa mía. Sin embargo, ni un cabello de su cabeza perecerá”.

Sí, de hecho podemos ver eso, especialmente con el clima político actual. Cualquier cosa buena o moral o que siga los Mandamientos de Dios o las enseñanzas de la Iglesia hace que las personas nos ignoren inmediatamente como “locos”. Sin embargo, sabemos que seguir a Cristo no es una locura.

Antes de recibir la Comunión en mi parroquia, cantamos un canto breve pero hermoso que simplemente dice: “Señor, prepárame para ser un santuario, puro y santo, probado y verdadero. Con acción de gracias, seré un santuario vivo para Ti”.

Me encanta esta canción porque en sus pocas palabras cortas, abarca cómo debemos sentirnos mientras nos preparamos para recibir a Cristo, quien está realmente presente en cuerpo, sangre, alma y divinidad en la Eucaristía.

Sí, debemos prepararnos. Debemos arrepentirnos de nuestros pecados. Debemos hacer cambios en nuestra vida para vivir de acuerdo con Sus leyes. Debemos tomar la decisión de seguir a Cristo y no al mundo. Como Jesús dijo, el mundo nos odiará. El mundo se burlará de nosotros. Pero lo que verdaderamente importa es nuestra vida eterna, y si lo seguimos, no a medias y no solo los domingos, entonces nuestra recompensa será grande en el cielo.

Así que preparémonos para ser un santuario para Él. Abramos nuestro corazón a su amor y a su misericordia, y dejémosle espacio.
El Adviento comienza este fin de semana. Es una temporada de preparación para el Dios que nos dio todo lo que tenemos. Es una temporada para contemplar al infante vulnerable en el pesebre que vino como un niño pobre y no como un rey rico. Es una temporada para hacer espacio en nuestros corazones para nuestro Señor que murió en la cruz para disculparse por nuestros pecados. No merecíamos nada de esto, pero nos dio este regalo gratuitamente. ¿Cómo nos prepararemos? ¿Cómo le agradeceremos?

Comenzamos preparándole nuestros corazones y hogares. Tomamos tiempo todos los días para aislarnos del mundo exterior, para aumentar nuestra vida de oración, para pasar tiempo juntos como familia hablando sobre el nacimiento de nuestro Señor, para dejar de estresarnos por la comida, los regalos y los viajes, y simplemente permitir que Cristo entre en nuestro días. Le damos nuestro tiempo.

La venida de Cristo es el verdadero sentido de la Navidad. Su venida es el regalo más grande que podríamos haber pedido. Este tiempo de Adviento y esta Navidad, atesoremos este regalo.

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Susan Ciancio has a BA in psychology and a BA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with an MA in liberal studies from Indiana University. For the past 19 years, she has worked as a professional editor and writer, editing both fiction and nonfiction books, magazine articles, blogs, educational lessons, professional materials and website content. Thirteen of those years have been in the pro-life sector. Currently Susan freelances and writes weekly for HLI, edits for American Life League, and is the executive editor of Celebrate Life Magazine. She also serves as executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program—an educational nonprofit program for K-12 students. You can reach her at slochner0.wixsite.com/website.

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