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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 12:54 PM ]

I saw a photo from out east where my children live.  It was of a long shelf in a grocery store (Our favorite!).  The occasion of the photo was in response to the huge snow storm they were expecting.  The long shelf in the photo was completely empty!  The shelf that once displayed countless loaves of bread was empty. People preparing for the storm purchased all the bread.  I imagine that if there had been a photo of the milk section, it too would have been depleted.  It made me think about how we prepare. 

I know preparation is an Advent theme, but December is not the only time of the year to prepare.  It is good to think ahead, even if we do go overboard at times.  I don’t think I’m the only one who has purchased bread and milk before a storm and then ended up not needing what I purchased.  We prepare for storms and other emergencies, we prepare for visits from family and friends, and we prepare for vacations, to name just a few of the things we try to get ready for.   

What could our preparation for Sunday look like? I know it would not be the same for everyone, but what would it be for you? Preparation for worship honors God.  What day of the week would good preparation for Sunday start?  Would your preparation include prayer?  Prayers for ourselves, others, the church and our community have an impact on how we hear and respond to God.  Would it include Bible reading?  Would it include singing?  (I know I’m beginning to meddle.)  I’ve been challenging us to rest, I think this too would be preparation for Sunday.  How can we best prepare ourselves to turn our eyes to Jesus? 

Faith is not a Sunday practice.  Our faith may reach a crescendo on Sunday, but it is an everyday practice.  It may be the most important preparation for us to experience joy on Monday, or even Wednesday.