Baruch 5:1-9; Psalms 126:1-6; Phillipians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6
In today’s Gospel Lesson, we hear once again about how in Luke’s words, The Word of God came to John the Baptist, in the wilderness, and how he went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance (Lk. 3:2,3).
John’s mission, Luke tells us, was described centuries earlier by the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah: a voice cries in the wilderness (Lk. 3:4).
The voice crying in the wilderness, the voice proclaiming a Baptism of repentance, was the voice of Wisdom. The promised Messiah is coming, it cried out, so be prepared! Get ready! Open the latest revised edition of the book that is you, read it carefully and critically, and you will discover that it is in need of radical change: a complete rewrite, a brand new edition of the book of you. In terms of who you are and what you ought to be doing with your life, the Voice of Wisdom is telling you to change.