Pray and Prepare: Advent with John the Baptist

Detail from “The Preaching of St John the Baptist” (c. 1690) by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639–1709) [Wikipedia Commons]


Thomas Griffin 12/6/20

“Pray and Prepare: Advent Lessons with John the Baptist”Busted Halo (12/4/20)

Excerpt: “When you think of Advent, your mind might not immediately go to John the Baptist, but this saintly prophet plays a pivotal role in the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. He was the herald, the forerunner who spoke about Jesus’ coming deliverance. No one does a greater job living for and preparing others for Christ than this saint. His entire life, mission, words, and works were breathing examples which pointed, not to himself, but to Jesus. In the midst of our own Advent journeys, there is no better exemplar who can show us the way.

My route to finding the importance of John the Baptist was a long one. For much of my life, I thought he was simply Jesus’ cousin who wore weird clothing, lived in the desert and baptized people. I was convinced that he was merely another saint in the cast of characters we are called to emulate. However, I later found that his witness, zeal, and faith was a blueprint for discipleship. 


Thomas Griffin teaches Apologetics in the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife and son. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy. He writes for several Catholic media outlets.


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