Preparing to Serve
The second week of Advent introduces St John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ. Although he had a following of his own, he always pointed others to Christ and placed himself beneath the lowest servant, unworthy even to kneel before Jesus and loosen the strap of his sandal. Jesus himself would declare that he did not come to be served but to serve. St Teresa encourages us to give ourselves to prayer in order to have “strength to serve” The best way to prepare for Christmas, indeed to celebrate Christmas, is to find ways of serving Christ in others.