This Sunday’s Gospel shared a quote from 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.”
This was a prophecy Isaiah made about St. John the Baptist. We always hear about St. John the Baptist during Advent. He prepared Israel for the first coming of Jesus and he continues to prepare us for Christmas, for the second coming and for the coming of Jesus into our hearts every day.
So, what is Isaiah talking about?
Well, “prepare the way of the Lord” is how he starts out. “The way of the Lord” to what? To us. Who does the
preparing? Again – us. How do we do this? This is what he gets into next…
“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” are the next few lines. This means we should not make our Lord go through an obstacle course of other things in our lives to get to us. Jesus should not have to go around our job, then over the mountain of our friends and into the valley of our social media time to get to us. We should make sure that above everything else, God had a straight, direct and level path to our heart at all times.
We do this through choosing and asking. We must choose to be a disciple of Jesus. We must choose to love God and our neighbor by putting their needs before ours. We must also ask God to help us. This is prayer. Everything we do depends on God and nothing worth doing can be done without God. Choosing God and asking God will clear the path for God to your heart, which is right where you want him.
If we do this, then our “flesh shall see the salvation of God.”