In Luke’s Gospel today we’re introduced to the adult John the Baptist. Luke quotes the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Of course we’ve already learned of John’s mission earlier in Luke’s Gospel (Lk 1-68-79) in the words that John’s father, Zechariah, spoke to him just after his birth. Remember that Zechariah had been struck mute when he questioned the angel’s announcement that his wife Elizabeth would give birth in her old age. When he recovered his speech he spoke these words to his son:
“You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.”
As we begin this second week of Advent it’s good to remember that we’re also called to go before the Lord to prepare His way. Our purpose in this life isn’t just to prepare ourselves for eternal life, but to help others gain eternal life as well. We live our faith by sharing it with others by our words and by our actions.