Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During the season of Advent, the Lord calls us to prepare his way, like John the Baptist. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks that we do this foremost by allowing our inner joy to shine forth in our service to others. By living our faith we engage in the important and necessary work of evangelization. It is not usually our words that move people, but rather our faith lived out authentically.
When people see that we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and that this relationship influences every aspect of our lives, we help others to prepare the way for the Lord in their own hearts. This relationship must lead us away from being judgmental and self-centered. Instead the joy that comes from our lived experience of God’s love and mercy, along with our willingness to share it, can go far to dispel the darkness in the world around us.