December 10th 2017
Prepare the way of the Lord
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.(Isaiah 40:3)
The second Sunday of Advent is an invitation to prepare a way for the Lord. The whole season of Advent is a time for waiting and preparation. How does one prepare the way of the Lord? One of the ways to deal with it is to heal our memories.
Memory refers to the processes that are used to acquire, store, retain, and later, retrieve information. There are three major processes involved in memory: encoding, storage, and retrieval.
In order to form new memories, information must be changed into a usable form, which occurs through the process known as encoding. Once information has been successfully encoded, it must be stored in memory for later use. Much of this stored memory lies outside of our awareness most of the time, except when we actually need to use it. The retrieval process allows us to bring stored memories into conscious awareness.
Ordinarily, speaking memory deals with past experiences. Past experience can be a result of direct experience, hearsay or informational/historic, as from reading or study. Direct experience can be happy, traumatic, healthy or unhealthy. The same applies to hearsay and informational memory.
Advent can be a wonderful time to heal one’s memory. If there are traumatic or painful memories, it is a time to heal them. Make a highway in your heart and mind to receive the Lord Jesus; surrender all your pain into the merciful, forgiving and healing presence of Jesus.
Similarly, historic memories also need healing. One need not nurse an historic wrong! They have been “washed in the blood of the Lamb” and made whole.
Let this Advent be a time that we live; live as the persons we are all meant to be.
— Father Augustine