Tidy Up Your Hut

Post Date: November 29, 2021
Author: Sacred Heart Blog

A Reflection on the Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent

Reading I: Baruch 5:1-9
Responsorial Psalm: 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Reading II: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

My high school seminary rector Fr. Peter Nygren OSB always said, “The best way to start Advent is to start Advent early.” We are only one week into the season of Advent, and just like that, we are almost halfway through! Christmas is almost here, Jesus is coming, and if we have not begun preparing our hearts for Him, now is the time; it is not too late, lest He come and we be caught unprepared! Let us make this year’s Advent the best Advent of our lives!

Holidays should be a time of great joy and family time, but preparing for holidays can be extremely stressful. When big holidays are around the corner and family members whom we have not seen in months are coming over, we try to make our homes and ourselves as presentable as possible, hoping that the one time they see us, they see us in the best way possible. If we stress out and put in hours of work tidying up our homes, cooking the best meals, and dressing up in uncomfortable clothes for family members who (let’s be honest) are not always the nicest. Then how much more should we put in the effort to prepare for our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the King of the Universe, and who loves us so much that He would become man and die on the cross for us?

Advent is a time to tidy up our little huts, the huts that are our hearts. It is a comfortable little hut with its imperfections, but it works. The floor squeaks, the wind gets through the walls, and the roof leaks, but overall, it is familiar and comfortable. But eventually, the imperfections annoy and incite us to change and to make our huts better. We call in the Lord to start fixing things up, and at first, it is great! The floor stops squeaking, the walls stop shaking, and the roof stops leaking. But then, all of a sudden, the Lord starts to break down the walls and destroys the furniture. We cry and beg Him to stop, but He does not listen. He even ends up destroying the things He fixed! Right as He is about to completely demolish our little hut, He turns to us and says, “You invited me to fix your little hut, but I did not come to fix it like an electrician or a plumber, I came to rebuild it into a mansion so that I can come and live in it.”

The Lord does not want to fix our hearts; He wants to live in them. The Lord wants to replace our stony hearts with natural hearts. He wants to turn our dinky little selfish hearts into grand hearts of gold! But when we invite Him in, do not expect warm and fuzzy feelings all the time; on the contrary, expect great pain and suffering. When Christ said to pick up our crosses and follow Him, He was not joking about the crosses or following Him to Calvary. Only if we die to ourselves can we be a part of His glorious resurrection and bear fruit 100-fold. 

Saint John the Baptist in the gospel proclaims a baptism of repentance as he prepares the way for the Lord. The first step to inviting Christ into our hearts is to repent of all our failings and sins. Invite Him in to break down all the walls of pride, lust, envy, greed, whatever they are, that are keeping us from loving Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Ask Him to take away everything that is keeping us from Him. This Advent, let us try as hard as we can to prepare our hearts for the Lord.

Author: An Vo, Seminarian, Sacred Heart Catholic Church & School 

Recent Posts

Divine Mercy Sunday 2024

Divine Mercy Sunday 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2024 (Divine Mercy Sunday) Reading 1: Acts 4:32-35 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Reading 2: 1 Jn 5:1-6 Gospel:  Jn 20:19-31 The first thing we should notice about our readings for...

Palm Sunday 2024

Palm Sunday 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/032424.cfm Palm Sunday celebration begins with a processional gospel proclamation of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem from the Gospel of Mark, with an optional proclamation...

Monica’s Praise Report 3/22/24

Monica’s Praise Report 3/22/24

Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever! Praise be His Holy and Venerable Name!  Praise Him, who was, is, and is to come.  Praise Him in the morning; praise Him in the noontime.  Praise Him when the sun goes down! Thank You, Lord, for all thy benefits.  Thank You for...

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2024 Reading 1: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 Reading 2: Eph 2:4-10 Gospel: Jn 3:14-21 We don’t often have Sunday readings from the Books of Chronicles because...

Repent and Believe

Repent and Believe

A Reflection on the Readings for the First Sunday of Lent, February 18, 2024 Reading 1: Gn 9:8-15 Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Reading 2: 1 Pt 3:18-22 If you read the introduction to the Book of Genesis in the New American Bible, you will see that the...

Reflection – February 4, 2024

Reflection – February 4, 2024

A Reflection on the Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 4, 2024 READING: 1 JB 7:1-4, 6-7 RESPONSORIAL PSALM: PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 READING 2: 1 COR 9:16-19, 22-23 GOSPEL: MK 1:29-39 The introduction to the Book of Job in the New American Bible...

Monica’s Praise Report 1/23/24

Monica’s Praise Report 1/23/24

Has God ever used your annoying dog to teach you about your guardian angel?  He did that for me recently, and I can’t wait to share it. Every week, the same yard man in the same truck using the same equipment comes. Every week, it is the same, yet my genius dog after...

God’s Calling

God’s Calling

A Reflection on the Readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 21, 2024 Reading 1: Jon 3:1-5, 10 Reading 11: 1 Cor 7:29-31 Alleluia: Mk 1:15 Gospel: Mk 1:14-20 The Book of Jonah was written tongue-in-cheek as the author intended there to be some humor in...

Here I Am Lord

Here I Am Lord

A Reflection on the Readings for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Reading 1: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 Responsorial Psalm: Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 Reading II: 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 Alleluia: Jn 1:41, 17b Gospel: Jn 1:35-42 We are, again, in Ordinary Time, and this week, we...

Monica’s Praise Report 12/27/23

Monica’s Praise Report 12/27/23

Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever.  Praise be His holy name.  All Glory Be to He who was, is, and is to come.  Glory and Honor to the most high God. Thank You, Lord, for all thy benefits.  Thank You for the Sacraments, and for the treasury of Grace from which...

Local Angels

(Our Sponsors)

For more information on how to showcase your business and sponsor this site, please send us an email.