On this second Sunday of Advent we hear the words of John Baptist heralding the coming of the Lord. John himself was heralded by the prophets in the Book of Isaiah:
“Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”
John’s call to the people of his time and to us is both clear and enigmatic. Clear because he leaves no doubt that we need to mend our ways to meet the Lord who is coming. Enigmatic, because, due to Original Sin, how we are to do this is hard to grasp; it seems to be a confusing process.
We need help in making straight the path from our heart to the Lord – so the Lord can enter our hearts. And who better to be our role model than the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s path was straight because she lived for God, she was His servant – her life and God’s will were the same. Mary could freely say yes to God because she was truly a free person, living within God’s love.
It is for this reason that I find the Advent Season very Marian in that she is our lens to view the Savior. Everything about her and her life is directed towards God, and by allowing her example to affect us she directs us towards her Son. May this Advent season bring us closer to the Virgin Mary so that with her intercession we can make straight our paths and welcome her son into our hearts.