John the Baptist is a central figure to consider in the Season of Advent. He is, we say, the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first person in the New Testament to point out Jesus Christ to others.
John is a bold prophet who makes his presence known. But he does this only to be obedient to God's will and to lead others to true faith in Jesus.
The example for us to follow is obvious. We, too, are also called to be prophetic in our own time. We are called to defend life, work for peace and justice and point out boldly the presence of Jesus Christ in our world today.
As we continue to prepare for Christmas, let's not forget the real reason for the season - God became one of us, and dwelt among us...and still does today!
And let us continue to pray for one another.
Fr. Robert J. Schneider