Weekend Reflection for 12/5/14
John the Baptist
"John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And this is what he proclaimed: 'One mightier than I is coming after me.'" (Mk 1:4,7)
John can seem like a rather strange character to us. Certainly his wardrobe and diet were most unusual. I always think of him as a "pointer". When people came to him, he always pointed them to someone else, to Another, to Jesus. As people of faith, we share that vocation and role with John. We, too, are to be pointers.
During this Advent season we have many opportunities to quietly point to the true meaning of these days. There is so much more to these few short days than sales, colorful lights and new cookie recipes. We are invited to remember that Christ has come, is here now and will return to claim us as His own. And so, we point to His presence here and now and pray: Come, Lord Jesus