Today, Let us listen to the voice that cries in the wilderness, asking us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord.’ As we take another step into Advent, the first reading introduces the theme of peace, one of the main themes of this period of the year. Isaiah paints a picture of the whole world, of people and animals living together in harmony, led by a King who has all the qualities to rule justly. The psalm, too, speaks of this hope for peace and justice for all.
When he writes to the Romans, St Paul mentions the hope in Scripture. All the more reason, then, for us to be tolerant of one another, so we can all give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this week’s Gospel, John the Baptist appears by the River Jordan to entreat people to repent and prepare a way for the one who is to come. He tells them that being a son or daughter of Abraham will not be enough to be sure of being saved because there is no room for complacency. People are to repent and change their ways of life.
This week, let us encourage one another by word or deed and set out on their journey to meet Jesus at Christmas.
Joy and peace.