Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
– Opening prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent from the Revised Roman Missal
On our “to-do” list for Christmas is there anything that might keep us meet our Lord? Will our Advent be so full of busy-ness and business that we may neglect the one thing needful? How about taking time for a prayerful conversation with Mary or Joseph? They, too, are preparing for the birth of a child…and a long journey to Bethlehem.