“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them light has shined.” What does Christmas mean to you? Certainly for Christians, Jesus is the reason for the season, right? The Word made flesh, as St. John would put it. Any child can tell you it’s Jesus’ birthday. For many people, the reasons tend to be more worldly; giving and receiving gifts, going to parties, seeing children in Santa’s lap, and don’t get me wrong, those are all good reasons, as long as the you’re keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing.
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: `Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” From the Gospel of St. Matthew. St. Matthew here quotes from the prophet Isaiah in Chapter 40. Verses 3 – 5 are these: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” The voice that cries out is a messenger of God, an angel of the Lord. St. Matthew loved to quote the Old Testament Scripture as a way to lend authority to his Gospel. As you know, the first chapter is devoted to the genealogy of Jesus showing him as a descendant of Abraham, down the line through King David, and finally to Joseph who was betrothed to Mary.