A herald’s voice cried out in the desert, “Make ready the way of
the Lord; clear a straight path.” . . . All the people of Jerusalem
went out to John in great numbers and were baptized by him in the
Jordan River as they confessed their sins. Mark 1:1-8
Life is full of interruptions. People drop in unexpectedly, phones ring at awkward times, emergencies call us away in the midst of our activities. If we are controlled by great expectations about finishing what we are doing, life invariably causes us much frustration. In the beginning of the gospel story, John the Baptist was doing well. The “desert herald” was making a great impression. Then the authorities threw him in jail. He had to deal with frustration, now that he was placed in the background of the kingdom he began with such a burst of excitement.
JESUS SPEAKS TO YOU
“December is the busiest time of the year. Too much is packed into too little time, and patience is needed more than ever. You will be blessed by my Father and by me if you live with imperfections and the varied expectations of other people. Let the plans you have made be less rigid, and be more sensitive to the plans of those around you. Be like John the Baptist and cooperate with God’s agenda. Cultivate flexibility and don’t allow yourself to get so upset by what goes wrong.”
Jesus, I don’t hold my destiny in my own hands. I sometimes think I do, but I don’t. Teach me how to trust that you will help me accomplish what I must. Help me to do the best I can without anxiety or harsh words or becoming sullen. Help me to imitate John the Baptist. . . and all the saints who had to change their style of life. Amen.