Thursday in the Second Week of Advent
Memorial of St. John of the Cross
Jesus said to the crowds: "Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear."
St. John the Baptist was the one crying out in the wilderness "Prepare the way of the Lord!" St. John the Baptist came into the world for one reason only - to point us to the real Light of the World, Jesus Christ. He is truly Elijah, the one sent to proclaim the presence of the Messiah. And for that he was martyred.
May we follow St. John the Baptist's words and prepare our souls for His Second Coming. Go to Confession, do penance, and pray. Prepare your souls for Christ during this Advent season!