“A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light” we read in the Gospel of 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Light—is a useful thing especially now, when days are short and dark nights are long. The light brightens the darkness. Many people use a flashlight to see things immersed in the dark. The streets are illuminated at night; cars and other means of transport must also be illuminated when using the roads. There are many ways we need and use the light.
We see that the light is really needed. We cannot longer imagine life without light. John the Baptist came to testify to the Light. The true Light—Jesus Christ—is coming again. Advent season is the time of waiting and preparation for welcoming this Light. John the Baptist said that He is already here, among us, but whom we do not recognize.
Do I recognize Jesus in the events of everyday life or do I need more light to see Him? Do I see Him in bright and happy situations as well as in dark and sad situations? Is there anything within me that need to be illuminated?
If there is something what bother you, do not be sad. There is still nine days to get ready to welcome the true Light, Who will illuminate your difficulties and make easy your worries. How get ready? God sent you also to testify to the light. Start now by helping your neighbor, visiting the sick, offering clothing, shoes or food to the poor, giving nice words to the sorrowful, praying for all you meet or ask you for prayer, receiving the Sacraments, etc. This is the way to become a modern John the Baptist for this world.
May the words of our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie, illuminate your way of preparation: “How good it is to dwell in the house of the Lord! He himself teaches, guides, makes known His will, and grants us His light.“