Week 2 of Advent and the Gospel tells us about John the Baptist. Isaiah prophesies
“Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
who shall prepare thy way;
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight—”
Gospel writer Mark confirms this with the text “John the baptizer appeared* in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
The homilist poses us a question – Who is/was your personal John the Baptist?
Some of us are baptised at birth, some not. However, it is very likely someone close to us, be it a family member, relative or friend who gave us the encouragement needed and enlightenment of being a Christian for us to pursue our faith.
So this week’s message also challenges us to in return, be John the Baptist to someone in our lives.
This is how the faith is passed on. And we are all part of this intricate plan of God.
And as always, when we speak up for God, or actively pursue this cause with someone else. We are not actually doing that person a favour. But in the process, you will discover that God is allowing you to grow in your own faith.
So let’s pass it on.