Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
We are in a time of preparation right now. We are decorating our homes for the celebration of Christ's Birth. For others is is the arrival of a person bearing gifts, whose name is Santa. We prepare for this season by going shopping for decorations, for gifts to give and so forth. But in this preparedness we are not making our paths any straighter.
How come we can go all out and sacrifice for our loved one's and give them something that costs quite a bit and yet we can not sacrifice and prepare for God's coming. We give so much of our time to the activities of shopping where we spend hours searching just for the right gift or the right ornament.
In the reading today, we are told to prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. We are to prepare our hearts for him to come into our lives where our paths will be made straight. When we prepare our hearts for his coming we truly do walk a straighter path.