John the Baptist

This 3rd Sunday of Advent, the Gospel continues to tell us about John the Baptist. It opens with this description:

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.”

When the Jews sent priests and Levites to ask him who he is, he clearly states  “I am not the Christ.” Adding “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

The fact that he is mentioned hundreds of years earlier by the prophet Isaiah, tells us the importance of his role. He is to prepare the way for our conversion from our sinful ways to make our hearts ready for Christ.

The key message of Christian Kerygma – Repentance and acceptance of our Lord Jesus as saviour and King.

As we continue to wait and prepare for the coming of Jesus into our hearts this Christmas. Let us take a moment to reflect on what we need to do to cleanse our hearts of the stain of this life’s journey we pick up from the world around us and from our own failings.

Straighten our lives for the Lord, and allow him to guide us on our journeys according to his will.

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