Everywhere we hear people asking, “Are you ready for Christmas?”
We hear such answers as: “Almost, I still need to thaw out that turkey,” or, “No, I still need to fight the crowds for last minute shopping,” or, “We have the car gassed up. We are driving to Alabama for Christmas.”
In these closing days of Advent, the Church puts the example of John the Baptist before us. His whole life was summed up in the expression, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”
By all his preaching, but much more by his life, he prepared for the coming of the Lord.
The Bible repeatedly compared John to Elijah. Both dressed in animal skins. Elijah lived off what the birds brought him, while John lived on locusts and wild honey.
John was happy when his disciples complained of the growing popularity of Jesus. He said, “He must increase, while I must decrease.”
We must get ready for Christmas by shrinking our egos down to where we can snuggle up close to the manger.