Scriptural Reflections

All Flesh Shall See...

"John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.  Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."    ~Luke 3:3-6


Interestingly, Isaiah did not prophesy that there would be a "voice of a large, powerful crowd...," rather a "voice of one crying out in the desert..."


Just the other evening, during our Bible Study on the book of the Apocalypse of John (aka; Revelation), we were discussing the importance of living our Catholic Faith in every moment of every day.  We talked about our role as "leaven in society."  Our "job" is to use our Catholic Faith as the light by which we make our decisions, raise our voices, and live our day-to-day lives.  We are here to bring about conversion -- conversion of individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and society itself.


One of our students raised this point in relation to speaking out for the sanctity of life:  "Most of the time it seems like you're a 'voice of one,' with nobody even listening..."  This is certainly true!  And from Isaiah's prophecy to our ears, let it be so -- if and when it must!  It's easy to raise our voices and defend the Truth of our Faith when the crowd is on our side.  Most often, however, the crowd will be against us--and we will feel like we are just a 'voice of one.'  We must remember that it is not important that WE see success in our efforts -- it is only important that we be FAITHFUL; in good times and bad, in season and out, with approving crowds, and in the face of opposition.


This Catholic Life of ours is not for the faint-hearted; it is none other than the Way of the Cross.


So, pick yourself up, strengthen your weary limbs, breathe in the fresh air of Truth, and become a voice calling out "Prepare the Way of the Lord!"