Sunday, June 23, 2013

Have No Fear

Have No Fear

June 24, 2013
Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist – Vigil Mass
Say not, “I am too young.”  To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak.  Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.  Jeremiah 1:7-8

Although you have not seen Jesus Christ you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:8-9

He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.  He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn their hearts toward their children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”  Luke 1:16-17


Do we even comprehend, Father, what it means to “prepare thee the way of the Lord?”   
Does it mean to prepare ourselves to walk in the way of the Lord?
Does it mean to prepare our world for the advent of the way of the Lord that changes everything?
Does it mean to get ready to pick up our cross daily and follow Him?
Or does it most likely mean all of the above? 


We never hear any doubt in the preaching and mission of John the Baptizer.  Peter wavers.  Thomas doubts. Judas betrays.  Yet they all had the benefit of walking with, listening to, and getting to know the Lord in His public ministry.
John had none of those advantages.  He never strayed from the message he was to deliver to the people.  He did not hold back.  He did not mince words.  He spoke truth to power in a way that literally cost him his life.  

The measure of John’s mission was to prepare the people for the message to come.  John’s message in the desert was the starting off point for the message Jesus would deliver.  Repent.  Turn away from your current path and turn to the Lord.  Repent.  Change the direction in which you seek happiness.  Repent.  Prepare ye the way of the Lord.


What would your typical routine be on any given Monday?  Can you approach this day and week with the Lord’s name on your mind, on your lips and in your heart – turning away from what the world tells us will bring temporary happiness?

What one thing will you do differently today?

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