Friends, in our liturgies during this holy season, the Church centers our attention on two figures — the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist. They are the “face” of Advent. Together they show us how to prepare for Christ’s coming into our world and into our lives. John the Baptist marks the turning point in the history of salvation. He stands at the threshold — between the world before Jesus Christ and the world after his coming. We have a responsibility for the Gospel, my brothers and sisters. We have a responsibility for the mission of his Church. As St. John the Baptist did, we are called to prepare others to meet Jesus and to see his salvation.
So today as we continue our Advent journey, we are called to examine our lives in light of the example of St. John the Baptist.
Let us pray: God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.