20 Days Until the “Birth” of Jesus: Preparing the Way

The prayer of the week from the Divine Hours is a great reminder of the prophet’s role in the story of salvation.

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

Repentance is messy business that is all too easy to avoid. I thank God that we have the prophets to remind us that people have been messing up God’s intentions for intinmacy with his people for ages. The prophets keep us humble, point us toward the heart of God for his people, and point us toward the future where God will one day reign among his people.