It's Christmas Eve.
You're probably running around getting ready for tonight and tomorrow. So are we. Sisters are preparing the chapel, cleaning the convent, baking bread, and decorating the refectory (our dining room).
Last minute shopping, buying food, cleaning your house, visiting with family and friends. How are you getting ready for Christmas?
Yet, what are you and what are we "getting ready" for? Have you stopped to ponder this? What is motivating you to give gifts, buy food, clean your house, and visit with family? Are you ready for the coming of Christ to visit you?
We look at empty cribs with Mary and Joseph near by. Who is coming? Like the empty manger, is your heart empty and ready to welcome the Child Jesus? Tonight at Midnight Mass He will fill the empty creche. He also comes to fill your heart. Will you welcome Him there?
Today, in the midst of all your other preparations, remember to take time to prepare the most important thing: your heart. Take some silence for yourself to make ready your heart for Christ.