December 23, 2017
Thus says the Lord God: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me (Malachi 3:1)
Today’s first reading anticipates the sending forth of Elijah as a prophet, to “prepare the way” before the Lord. The Gospel reading details the birth of John the Baptist, also brought forward to prepare the way for Jesus.
We might look at prophets such as Elijah and John the Baptist as very different from ourselves, both having received the unique call to spread the word.
The New Evangelization, however, makes it quite clear that we are all called to prepare the way of the Lord. From the USCCB: “The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.”
The people and places have changed, but the mission of evangelization has not. Our faith may be personal, but it is not private. It is meant to be shared. It is our responsibility to keep the dominoes falling.