This 2nd Sunday of Advent it is good for us to note St. Luke's attention to the political and historical realities of his day. Luke shows that salvation is for all people… but not isolated in a vacuum; rather, faith life is situated in the actual events of our world. That is why Luke deliberately lists the political and religious leaders at the time of John's appearance in the desert. Salvation is understood as God coming down among us, working amid the real events of our world and our human journey.
John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of our Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus, we too must prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming, in our own world, in our own time. We respond to John's message by examining our lives, changing our lives if need be. And, like John the Baptist, we should be prophets, messengers, and holy people in our community and world, announcing--through our lives & faith-filled example--the coming of the Lord, as did John. He was a different kind of person, and so must we all be!