"On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom."
Who is your stump? This quote reminds me of growing up, and my mom. My mom has always been a religious person, and as a mother of six kids she took the time to make sure each of us would blossom. She instilled my Catholic faith in me. She took care of me and was always there when I needed her. My most prominent memory is from when I was in 6th grade. I had a large lump under my arm, which was painful. The doctors' couldn’t figure out what in the world it was and I had trouble doing school work during the time. My mom took care of me and nursed me back to health. She takes care of me and my five siblings all the time. She has sacrificed so much so that we could grow up with a mom to take care of us whenever we needed her.
Peace is another subject that the first reading brings to my mind. During the Advent season, peace is an important concept for us to concentrate on. Peace is also mentioned in the Responsorial Psalm, where it says that there should be “fullness of peace forever,” when Jesus comes. This Psalm reminds us that the reason for the season is Jesus and that when He comes to the world He will bring justice and peace with Him.
In the Gospel, John the Baptist serves as a voice of one crying out in the desert, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.” This is a famous quote and it was rightfully placed in our Advent readings. Now is the time to prepare for Christmas, not by going out and buying presents, but spiritually. We could all use something to put us in that Christmas mood. So bake some Christmas cookies with Mom, Grandma, the kids, or that someone special, and put up the decorations. Watch a Christmas special, listen to Christmas music, whatever it takes to lift up that Christmas spirit, do it in the spirit of the Season. And “God bless us, everyone.”