Today’s Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 – 2nd Sunday of Advent
The call to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” is a frequent refrain during the weeks of Advent, challenging us to use this time to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ, rather than getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.
Yet a deeper challenge lies in not only heeding John the Baptist’s message, but also adopting his mission as our own. John’s role in salvation history, as prophesied by Isaiah, was to call others to prepare for the imminent coming of the Lord. As the harbinger of the Messiah, he called the people of Judea to repentance and conversion so they would be better prepared to recognize and accept Jesus as Lord when He arrived.
This mission brings to mind the words of the spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen: “My deepest vocation is to be a witness to the glimpses of God I have been allowed to catch.” Perhaps the best way to help others recognize and accept the presence of the Lord in their lives is in being willing to share the ways that He has acted in our own lives. In giving glory to God for all that He has done for us, we also allow others to see more clearly how He might be speaking to them.
As we enter into the second week of Advent, let us be open to the opportunities presented to us to be a witness to the many ways that the Lord has worked in our lives. And in doing so, we can hope to help prepare a straighter path for Him to transform the hearts of others.
In your encounters today, how can you be a witness to the “glimpses of God” that you have been allowed to catch?
God, thank You for the glimpses of Your presence that You have allowed me to catch in my life. Help me to have the courage to share those moments, in the hopes of empowering others to do the same.
Copyright 2017 Danielle Bianchi
Danielle Bianchi earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and is a graduate of the school’s Echo Program for catechetical leadership. She and her husband have four children.
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