Today's first reading from the prophet Malachi conjures up images as pure as gold and as white as snow. We like the images, but we don't often think about what is required to get there.
The prophet Malachi reminds us that the tools that are required are fire and lye. Fire is required to purify silver and gold. Lye is required to bleach. Both burn.
On this last full day of Advent, day of purple, are we ready to allow Christ to burn away our impurities? Jesus comes to save us but will we let him save us from ourselves?