Living Boldly in Hope
This week’s Gospel speaks of John the Baptist who is fulfilling the prophet Isaiah’s message, that someone will be sent to prepare the way of the Lord. John proclaims that the one who will come after him will be more powerful, admitting that he himself will not be worthy to even untie his laces.
In this passage John the Baptist is described as a man who is ‘clothed with camel’s hair, a leather belt around his waist’ who eats ‘locusts and wild honey’. As a child this verse always captured my imagination. I had a strong visual image of John the Baptist with long wild hair, a big bushy beard with animal fur draped across his shoulders. While he appeared unkept, I also imagined him as being bold and confident knowing that he was preparing the way for the ‘one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit’ (yes, that’s Jesus!). This is an image that still remains with me as an adult.
What is also intriguing is that John was in the desert yet people from all over the countryside of Judea and Jerusalem were traveling to see him. The people wanted to be forgiven, they wanted to be made whole again. They had hope that this would happen if they could just see this man and be baptised. They also believed in the coming of the Messiah.
Advent is a season of hope and expectation. Is a time where we wait in anticipation for the coming of the Messiah in the birth of Jesus Christ.
While 2020 has proven to be a journey in the desert for most, we can be confident, like John the Baptist, that we can live boldly in hope for the coming of Jesus Christ.
We are all confronted with the challenges of limited time. The season of Advent invites us to make time. To stop, to pause and to reflect on how we can realign our path to Jesus Christ, the Messiah. In amongst the decluttering of our homes, shopping for presents and the Christmas parties we can make the time to be with Jesus. This can be achieved through simple things like beginning or ending your day with a prayer. Maybe commit to attending Mass, especially in the lead up to Christmas. Even pausing throughout the day to praise God for the small blessings in life. Others may prefer to be more active like helping a local charity support the needy this Christmas. However we decide to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ this Advent, let us do it boldly and confidently like John the Baptist.
Katie is reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel Luke 16:1-8.