10 December 2006


2nd Sunday of Advent
Lk 3:1-6

St. John the Baptist, the Lord’s precursor, could have been a good secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways. He wanted all crooked ways straightened, valleys filled in, mountains and hills made low, and rough road smoothened. This, he claimed, is the only way to see the salvation of God.

Indeed the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. If God were standing at one point and we at the other extreme, a straight and smooth path makes our journey towards Him not only easier but faster. Thus, during this Advent season, a time to reflect on the coming of the Lord, let us examine our lives.

Where there are mounds in our lives, let us make them level. Where there craters, let us fill them in. Mounds in our lives can be our overbearing attitude and our excesses. Lessen them! Craters in our lives are the good we are found lacking. Fill them in!

Let us prepare the way of the Lord. He is coming. But His coming may be very much delayed by the mounds and craters in our lives.

Because the Lord comes to the lives of the people around us also through our lives, our lives are like roads, too. If our ways are crooked, we delay the coming of the Lord to the people around us.

St. John the Baptist is the best Secretary of Public Works and Highways that any nation can have. You know why? He was never corrupt. He himself was a straight road. He made the Lord’s coming not only fast but smooth and easy to those who heeded his call.


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