Readings:

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 85:9-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD” (Isaiah 40:3).

Our hearts are the wilderness God wants to prepare for his return. To fulfill his desire for us, we must not just make a path for him, we must build a highway; one that can receive his glorious salvation. We must level the mountains and hills blocking the radiance of his light.  We must smooth the rough edges, which like the crown of thorns placed on Christ, are our cause of pain and suffering (cf. Isaiah 40:1-4).  Only “[T]hen the glory of the LORD shall be revealed” (Isaiah 40:5).

God wants to grant us salvation; he wants to show us his mercy. This is why he sent his son so we could experience a living example of kindness and truth, justice and peace. These four conditions are necessary means to prepare for the Lord’s coming (cf. Psalm 85:11-15).

We cannot assume that we can put off our preparedness for tomorrow; like a thief, God’s arrival is unknown (cf. 2 Peter 3:10). Therefore, it is important that while we wait, we do what we can “to be found without spot or blemish before him” (2 Peter 3:14).

God, however, expects more from us that just to be prepared. God wants us to evangelize others, just as John the Baptist did, to prepare them to receive him (cf. Mark 1:2-3). We cannot hoard God’s message of salvation. He meant for us to share it the same way he shared his son with us.

– God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.

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