It’s that time of the year. Orange cans and barriers everywhere. Detour signs guide us onto unfamiliar routes. Our infamous road construction season is well underway. So we dutifully follow the arrows and pray to arrive at our destination.
While we’re use to such circuitous paths designed by road commissions, today we celebrate the birth of a saint who challenges us to examine those crooked paths which we ourselves have chosen in life that needed to be straightened. That man is St. John the Baptist.
By God’s design, six months before the birth of Jesus, Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, advanced in years and thought to be barren, gives birth to a son to be named John. He grows to become a devout man of God and goes out to into the wilderness to fulfill the prophet Isaiah’s promise that a voice would cry out in the desert to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”.
It’s amazing to me how God’s plan is so wondrous that a prophet of old would foretell John’s ministry, how a woman thought to be barren would give birth to a son, and how this child would grow to be the voice to prepare a world for its savior.
So how do we fit into this mysterious plan? Well, the voice of John has reached our ears and hearts. Perhaps we must honestly ask ourselves, “Have we straightened our paths for the Lord to enter our lives or have we erected a few orange cans and detour signs along the way?” What changes must we make in our daily lives to welcome the Lord who seeks to come straight into our lives and lead us to our destination- life with him forever.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us!