"Prepare ye the way of the Lord"
Second Sunday of Advent
What is the line from today’s scriptures that will stick with you? Is it “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” or “Every valley shall be filled in and hill shall be made low…”? Or another?
John the Baptist calls out: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” He is likely the most colorful character in the New Testament and he certainly got people’s attention. When he called upon the people to prepare, he asked them to examine their lives. He wanted them to look beyond their typical or ‘normal’ mindset. He wanted them (and us) to change their vision of life in such a way that it will bring about a transformation in the way they lived. The people who heard John were excited by the idea that life could be better than it was. When they went to be baptized, they likely acknowledged – “We have settled for less, but no more!”
Isaiah offered a vision of a world without divisions symbolized by valleys and mountains. Everything that plagued people, families and nations would be smoothed out. The whole world would see how good God is. All peoples would learn that the power of God is the power of love. They would learn that God enters the world not as a warrior but like a shepherd.
St. Mark cuts quickly to the point and says that John preached three things: repentance, forgiveness and the coming of the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. St. Mark leaves us space to spell out the details in ways most appropriate to our own time and place.
How will we allow our lives to be changed by listening to scripture this week and during this Advent season?
On Tuesday, December 8th we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On Saturday December 12th, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
I pray that you will find extra time to be with the Lord this week. Fr. Len