Thursday 19 December 2019
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25. Psalm 70(71):3-6, 16-17. Luke 1:5-25.
Fill me with your praise, and I will sing your glory! – Psalm 70(71):3-6, 16-17
Prepare the way
Advent is a time of preparation. In the Western world we put up our Christmas trees, we get ready for holidays. Perhaps we get lost in the commercial nature Christmas has taken on in recent times. Today’s reading speaks however of the ‘preparer’ of the way. John the Baptist is described as ‘the prophet of the most high’. John heralds Jesus’ coming, and lives a blameless life, there is even the image of him consuming locusts and wild honey and wearing a simple cloak. He baptises and preaches in humility. Many people think that John the Baptist is in fact the Messiah, but he points them to Christ. He tells them he is ‘unworthy to untie the sandals of the one who is to come’. In John, we have a model of servant leadership. May we read today’s Gospel in this way, preparing our hearts and considering how we too might furnish our souls and inspire those around us in this special holiday time.