Fourth Wednesday of Advent

December 23, 2020

First Reading Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24
Gospel Luke 1:57-66

Artwork by John A. | Class of 2023


In today’s reading from Malachi, we hear the Lord saying that a messenger is coming to prepare the way, to refine, and purify. From Luke, we hear of the birth of John preparing the way for the Lord by encouraging repentance and baptism.

In reflecting on the word “preparation,” it brought me back to how that relates to me as an athlete and coach. Great athletes and coaches don’t prepare by sitting around and waiting for the next game or match. They have faith and trust a process designed for their good, their well-being, to prepare them mentally and physically. Every small detail of their performance is evaluated, critiqued, and fine-tuned. As an “athlete” for God, He has given us the way to prepare for His return. It’s up to us based on the spiritual preparations and deposits we make each day and how we live our lives.

This Advent Season, may we, once again, be reminded that God isn’t concerned with our preparation for material things. What He cares about is the preparation of our hearts and lives for His arrival.

There will be times where we are called to speak out and be bold, but just simply how we choose to live our lives on a daily basis is a reflection of our own preparation.

During this season, and always, I encourage all of us to help the less fortunate, listen, be understanding, forgive, work for peace and justice, and love one another.

By Derek Sparks
Assistant Dean of Students
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator