(Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church)
John the Baptist answered the Levites’ inquisition about his identity by saying, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Jn 1:19-28
There is a path, beloved, that leads to our hearts. We may have placed a blockade with a gate and a lock in the way that path, because we’ve been hurt by allowing abusers in. We may have twisted the path with such contortion that we can’t even find the way in ourselves any more, or maybe ‘the world’ had done that for us. Maybe we feel that our hearts themselves have been obliterated by some suicide bomber terrorist.
John the Baptist was the first true advocate for Jesus. He pleaded with the people of his time to “Make straight the path for the Lord.” Unlock your gates. Open your hearts. For Jesus is not an abuser, nor a terrorist. Jesus will stay with you. He will make His dwelling within you, and bring you peace. A peace that will begin with accepting yourself – as the ‘Child of God’ you were created to be. A love that no words can define and no other person can fulfill. He IS what we’ve been searching for our whole lives.
When we make straight the path and open our hearts to Jesus, we’ll discover a whole new life. A life of Hope, a life of Fulfillment, and a life of Joy in the Lord. From there, then, we can slowly begin to open that path to others too, with the understanding that not all others may be welcome – even though they are still loved by God in His own way. Jesus will protect us – even unto death!
Praise the Lord!
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