Zephaniah 1:14 Near is the great day of the LORD, near and very swiftly coming, Hark, the day of the LORD! bitter, then, the warrior’s cry.
“My child, do not fear, but rejoice, for I come to make all things new. The old will have passed away—behold new things have come. I have conquered death; it has no power over me or those who cling to me in trust. My child, fear not when you see the day of the Lord approaching. Wash your face, put oil on your head,* prepare the way of the Lord. O my child, if you knew how I have longed for this day! When that day comes, all that has been before will be forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening of day. Fear not! I am near. Rejoice and be glad, my people, for I come to rule the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.”
Jesus, maranatha! Come in glory! Save us from this culture of death and this world of sin. Save your children who trust in you. Draw all souls to yourself through our small payers and sacrifices magnified in the Immaculate Heart of your Mother. Jesus in Mary we trust in you. Amen.
(* “Wash your face, put oil on your head”: This phrase is, I believe, meant to be symbolic of Baptism. We prepare the way of the Lord by living our Baptism, rejecting sin and walking in the newness of life to which we have been called.)