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December 7th - Second Sunday of Advent Reflection

Sr. Ann T. Gillis, CND

December 7th

“. . . make straight in the desert, a highway for our God…the uneven ground shall become level and the rough places a plain.” Is. 40: 3-5

There are so many inspiring themes for Advent but I imagine that most, if not all, of us can relate to the desire to make highways straight and levelling out uneven and rough places. This I believe also relates to the theme of Home-coming as suggested by Joyce Rupp in, “May I Have this Dance.” Being a home body myself I can relate to combining the theme of making straight a highway for our God and the sense of Advent being a time for coming home. In winter time especially we worry about external highways being straight and level so that we can reach home, wherever home is for us.

In Advent, we are invited to come home to our God; to make a straight highway to the God who is already present in our hearts; to be able to make our way home to that place of peace where God waits for us. And so, as for any trip home, there are many preparations to be made. What preparations do we need to make as we set out on this interior journey home to be again in the presence of our loving God who awaits us there? Each of us needs our own” list,” of the preparations we want to make. For me I have this prayer that I often say which is about levelling out rough places and making straight the journey way to our God.

It is from “Guerillas of Grace:”


Gracious and Holy One, creator of all things and of emptiness, I come to you full of much that clutters and distracts, stifles and burdens me and makes me a burden to others. Empty me now of gnawing dissatisfactions and fretful preoccupations.

Hollow out a space in me in which I will find myself, find peace and a whole heart, a forgiving spirit and holiness, the springs of laughter, and the will to reach boldly for abundant life for myself and the whole human family.

May this Advent time be a time for hollowing out a space for Our God.


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