(Prayer offered on the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Monday, 4 December 2017)
Let us remember that we are in the presence of a loving God.
It is hard to believe that we are already in Advent. Time certainly flies. I know…. Sometimes weeks seem to last forever, but when we stop and think about it, when we take a moment to look back, we realize how fast time goes by. We are always busy and on the run, and we don’t have time to stop for anything. And now, Advent is here. It is time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. He is almost knocking at our door. At our door? At my door? But I am so busy buying gifts and getting ready for Christmas! I am outside running around or so wrapped in my worries! What if Jesus comes to my door and I am not home? Are all those other things so important? Or are they sometimes distractions from what really matters? I have to confess that I do have a lot of those distractions and I am not as attentive to the door as I should be. Jesus may be knocking but it is quite possible that I am too preoccupied to hear him.
Lucky for us, La Salle is the perfect place to be able to hear Jesus’s call. We can hear Jesus knocking— asking for coats, or asking for 5 dollars for charity in exchange for a dress down day, and right now he is calling us to help many families that need our help for Christmas. He is knocking at our door loud and clear. He is knocking at your door when you see that student sitting by himself or herself, when you notice one of your classmates struggling with some material in class, when there is a new student at school who doesn’t know where to go.
During this Advent season, I would like to invite you all to pay more attention to Jesus’ call. Let’s make sure we are at home and ready, so we can open our doors and invite Him in when He calls.
Let us pray
Lord Jesus Christ, today we open wide to you the door of our hearts. Please come in.
Fill us with your love and the power of your Holy Spirit. Let your way, your truth and your life fill us so completely that we can say that it is no longer we who live, but it is You living in us.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Mercedes DiMascio–World Languages (Spanish) Teacher