PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD
By Rhoda S. Glick
What does it mean to “Prepare the way of the Lord”? How do we respond to this Advent invitation?
In ancient times, before a king traveled, scores of slaves were sent ahead to prepare the rugged, rough, often thief-infested road. Probably they cut underbrush and
some tree branches, moved or chipped away at rocks, and dealt with thieves that were lurking in the thick brush.
In her “Prepare the way” meditation, Sr. Aemiliana Lohr1 suggests we too are called to go ahead of our King and “make low the mountains of pride and hills of insolence.... We are to fill up the valleys of unbelief and despondency; we are to be conscious of our weakness and sinfulness, but full of faith in (Christ’s) power to purify and make us holy; to work change in us, and to divinize us.”
The process of Gestalt Pastoral Care provides us with the opportunity to “prepare the way of the Lord” by removing obstacles so that Christ can come more entirely into our minds, hearts and bodies. GPC can be an active Advent tool.
Every time we become aware of an internal hindrance— and get rid of it—Christ can more completely be born in us.
Every time we say “yes” to the invitation to descend into our hidden place of pain and suffering, Christ accompanies us, meets us there and reclaims that territory—especially into our “core” wound area.