John the Baptist Prepares the Way
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
paths for him.’ ”
John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of
the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
In today's reading, I always refer to this as a fashion show. But... with good reason. When the people looked at John, they saw a prophet.
The camel's hair outfit was what the prophets wore. So what John was wearing actually validated his calling as a prophet. John is quoting the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. John is fulfilling the role of one preparing the way and he
is pointing to the one who is to come... the Messiah!. John is preaching the words of Isaiah and telling them to "repent", which means to confess your sins and to want to do what is right, to do an "about face". Through our God given faith, we
want to repent, that is to be sorry and want to stop sinning, and want to do better.
I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and want to do better. I know that I am to not like sinning, but truth be told... I do and that
is why I keep sinning. Help me to walk according to your ways, and not mine. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Amen.