How many people do you know who build roads? May be some of you know, but I do not. Building roads is an important job in our society. Not everyone is called and trained to build roads. We need roads to move from one place to another. There are city roads, country roads, old roads, new roads, public and private roads.
There are different types of roads. They are made of dirt, bricks, cement, tar, wood etc. Roads come in all sizes. Some roads are short and wide, others are long and narrow, or vice versa. Some are smooth, others are rough. Regardless of the how they are built or whether you walk or drive on them, their main function does not change, they lead to a destination.
Do you prefer to drive on a straight road rather than a crooked road? When we travel on a straight road, we can see what is in front of us. Our destination is clear and it takes less effort to travel.
The Season of Advent is an opportunity to walk the way to the Lord. Yet, He is more than just a destination. He is the way itself; the way to our salvation: “the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (cf. PS 118:22).
The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that John the Baptize would make straight the paths of Jesus (cf. MT 3:3). By that he meant that John’s message for repentance was the way to redemption. Those who heeds John’s message walk on a solid foundation. As the Prophet Isaiah declared: “Therefore, thus says the Lord God: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, a precious cornerstone as a sure foundation; whoever puts faith in it will not waver (IS 28:16). As baptized children, we receive the way to our salvation. That is when we become equipped to build the road for Jesus.
This Advent Season, Jesus is calling on us to build roads that lead to God. It is not enough for us to know the way of Jesus. His way should not be a secret that we keep to ourselves. Today as in the days of the John the Baptist, Jesus needs us to make His paths straight. That is our challenge this Advent Season. How are we making the crooked paths straight so Jesus becomes the way for others? Let’s pray to Jesus to give us the grace to know how and to have the courage to undertake His call.
Inspired by the Second Sunday of Advent Readings