December 7, 2014 - 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B
Our current culture not only supports, but actually encourages us to put ourselves and our own wants first before anyone else’s.
Many people today do not show the same amount of concern for the church, the state, the law, their country or even loved ones that past generations have shown.
They are totally self-absorbed and live plugged into technology, which seems to cheapen their experiences rather than enriching them.
People take pride in being self-centered. They wear their self-centeredness like a badge of honor.
When we do this we think only of ourselves and don’t care about how our actions might affect other people. It’s just not important to us.
It’s all about me. I am mighty. I am important. The world revolves around me.
How different from John the Baptist. John shows us true humility. One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop before him and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
For John, it’s all about Jesus. His words are clear. Prepare the way of the Lord.
John the Baptist teaches us humility. He has a deep respect for and reverence for Jesus. He has a selfless attitude.
In this our Year of Charity, we should try to show greater charity and humility. We should also try to do a better job of expressing our thankfulness to others.
Jesus’ life was full of acts of charity, acts that put others first, acts of selfless love.
Jesus’ act of humility was to stoop and wash the feet of his disciples.
We might sponsor a poor child in a third world country.
We might give Christmas gifts to the needy and those who are less fortunate.
We might let someone who has only a few items ahead of us in the checkout line.
We might visit a nursing home and brighten someone else’s day.
We might show greater appreciation for other people and the gifts they bring.
We might do the job everyone else avoids at work even when we know we have the seniority to make someone else do it.
John’s message invites us to look at our lives, to turn from our selfish ways, to prepare the way of the Lord, to put Jesus first in our lives.
This season of Advent gives us some time to change, to turn from our selfish ways to show greater humility and charity.
It is an opportunity for us to grow, to turn from putting ourselves first to putting the Lord first to make a way for the Lord.
Our current culture supports and encourages us to put ourselves and our wants first.
John the Baptist encourages us to do something different.