It is very interesting that during Advent Season we hear the reading from one of the prophets. Let us talk about prophets. The prophets were all very different one from the other, but their message was the same: Repent and Reform. Return your lives to your God, and the Lord will come and be with his people. Nothing, not torture not death, not even money would turn the prophet from his message or tempt him to abandon his faith. In difficult times, the prophet would tell the people, “Hold on to your faith, the world will be transformed by the Lord when he comes.”
Sometimes their messages was frightening, such as their predictions of the suffering of the evil at the end of time. Sometimes their message was consoling, like the message of the first reading today, when Isaiah speaks about the desert blooming, the blind seeing and the deaf hearing. But always their message to the people was to be strong in their faith. The people needed to be ready for the Lord’s coming. Such a long time ago God communicated this message through the prophets.
John the Baptist was the last prophet to speak before Jesus arrived. John the Baptist urged people to remain faithful to their tradition. He was a rock anchored on his faith in God. People accepted his baptism as a sign of their participation in a new world order., the Kingdom of God.
We modern people are also looking for a prophet. But what type of prophet are you looking for? Are we looking for a prophet like John who tells us to hold on to our faith and change our lives? Or do we would love to hear a kind of “prophet” who says: “These modern times, this is OK now, or some one to tell us that certain of our secrets are now no longer sinful? Let us stand in the presence of God to make a discernment, especially during this holy Advent.