‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; 6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” (Luke 3:4-6)
John the Baptist echoes the eternal truth prophesied by Isaiah centuries before — and still true now centuries later: when it comes to the salvation of God that all flesh shall see, lift the lowly, lower the loft, and straighten all the crooked.
For the flesh that God will save includes those lowly whom the world forgets, redeems the lofty prompted up by illusions of power and influence, and forgives the crookedness of all sinners. Not in any power struggle that pits anyone against another, the way the world strives for justice; but rather through the enlightenment that comes from all recognizing their value and worth through God and God alone.
German theologian Juergen Moltmann put it like this: Wealth is not the opposite of poverty. Community is the opposite of both.
May God enlighten you in that eternal truth and brighten your witness to that truth for the sake of enlightening the lowly, lofty and crooked in your daily life.
Reflection question: How is your life being raised … and lowered … and straightened in preparations for Jesus’ salvation for all flesh?