This Sunday (the 2nd Sunday of Advent) we hear the beginning of Mark's Gospel. The first line of the Gospel isn't even a sentence; it does not contain a verb. The line stands more as a title than anything else: "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God." There is no infancy narrative in Mark's Gospel. He simply jumps into the story at the time of John the Baptist. This directness cuts to the chase and reminds us of the necessity of repentance.
John the Baptist is an excellent example for Christians. He was fueled with a burning passion to point others to Christ. He admits that he is not even worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. The humility expressed by John the Baptist is refreshing, and he certainly challenges me to look at my own life. Am I pointing others toward Christ with that same kind of humility?
How will you prepare the way of the Lord during this Advent season?