Trailblazing God’s Gift by Servanthood

Sunday Gospel Reflection
2nd Sunday of Advent
Luke 3:1-6 | Dec. 5, 2021

Trailblazing God’s Gift by Servanthood
by Carlo S. Dureza

The first volley of fire in any spark of warfare is always the most significant and exciting as it heralds the commotion that would follow. It would shape either victory or defeat.

The torchbearer in an Olympic parade is a breathtaking sight to a throng of awe-struck onlookers as he signals the march of an astounding spectacle of proud international delegates.

Initiators of events rouse enthusiasm as they give a foresight of what is to happen, “a portent of things to come”, as an old adage goes. Ardent anticipation of what is to come begins with and in them.

John the Baptist was the harbinger of Jesus Christ’s coming. He was the first “gunshot” that rang, the flame lit to proclaim the start of an eventful occasion. His role was to make a clarion call for the people to believe and to await the arrival of the Messiah, the savior:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

He was the drumbeater, the torch bearer who blazed the trail for the One who would bring God’s gift of faith and redemption.

In the story of salvation, John seemed to have played second-fiddle to Jesus, but he was the one who prepared the way. He played “support” to highlight the story’s main character. He was servanthood personified. He lowered himself to put the Son of God on high.

We praise and give gratitude to John the Baptist for embracing this gift of servanthood by serving the will of God. He prepared the way of the Lord. Like John, may we live a full life dedicated to humble service.

Happy Sunday to all! God bless!

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