Preparing for Christ includes recognizing his presence, pope says
Published: December 8, 2003
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Christians count down to Christmas, they should take seriously the Gospel's prophetic appeal to "prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths," Pope John Paul II said. That spiritual invitation by St. John the Baptist is still valid today, as millions of people seek serenity and peace in their lives, the pope said at a noon blessing Dec. 7. He said the key to spiritual growth during Advent was preparing to "meet the Christ who is coming to save us." In addition to recalling his birth more than 2,000 years ago, he said, that means "recognizing him present among us" today. "Christ in fact visits us in everyday people and events," the pope said.
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