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In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Now is a time of preparation. John the Baptist called us to prepare for a baptism of repentance. When Jesus came, He reinforced that call, He calls all of us to prepare the way for others to come to Him. How are you preparing for the coming of the Christ Child? What steps are you taking so your heart and soul are ready for our Lord?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of repentance, the gift that brings life to our soul. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray I never forget this gift, Amen.
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.