"See, I'm sending my messenger ahead of you--- who will prepare your way."
Today, on the second Sunday of Advent, we see one of the most important people is John the Baptist. Although much of what we know of John through the gospels, is that he was a very interesting character. He was a hardman, faithful to God and having a strong spirit. He was a methodical man who fulfills the will of God radically.
Humanly speaking, he was very lonely, but very united to God.
One of the most important sentences of Johns', which indicate to us these are his words, he says, "I live by this, so I must decrease that Christ may increase."
From the human side, John suffered many defeats. He lost students, sat in jail and finally was beheaded. He did not have a career.
Today, it is not enough just to admire John for his attitude. We have to ask, what do we live for? What is Christianity?
Like John, can we say that our life is such that because of it Christ is more and more in the world?
Is Johns' life somewhat vice versa to our life?
Of course we really want to grow with Christ, but according to our plans, our own ideas.
When we look at the life of John and his relationship with Christ, can we say that John was needed just to prepare us to encounter Christ? It was his primary mission and he accomplished it. He became a great prophet, and his greatness was due to his humility.
He lived in the real world, but he knew his life was mainly a sacrifice to God.
He also showed that God always walks next to man, even though man is often mocked by the value system of the world.
Today, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, John encourages us to go out with him into the desert and try to find the answer to the question..What is my life's purpose?
To uncover the truth as to what I am called to do, and to be humble, thus giving Christ to the world.