Today’s Gospel starts by quoting Isaiah: “Behold I am sending my messenger ahead of you; … Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

John the Baptist was that messenger, but maybe, so are we in today’s world. We all have opinions of how best to do things: how much should we give; how much time can we share; or how much inconvenience will we put up with to spread the message of Jesus. We must use John’s words from the Gospel: “One mightier that I is coming after me…” It’s not our way or opinion that matters, it is Jesus’ way. And His way goes all the way: Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned.

In the midst of this pandemic, bring to others the spirit of Christmas, that is, Christ’s Peace, our second Advent candle. Reach out. Make a call. Send a card. No kindness or gesture of good will is too small.