We’re on the Advent trail with John the Baptist this week. John is a jarring figure. He upsets the complacency of his day. He is a good antidote for the widespread complacency of our day with the church seemingly impotent in the face of the existential problems facing us. Someone or something needs to shake us up and John the Baptist is the perfect candidate. Just as he called the people of his day to repent from their oppressive ways and join Jesus “on the way” to the coming realm of God, he can call us back to preparing the way of the Lord.