The first reading calls us to: “shout for joy, 0 daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, 0 israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart” Do we ever share the joy of our relationship with Jesus? Is our heart glad? Do we shout and sing for joy like in some of our favorite movies? The second reading reminds us to rejoice in the Lord always! Do we? At the preaching of John people are asking what they should do to prepare for the coming of the messiah. What are we doing to prepare? Is our idea of being prepared for Christ’s coming to have our shopping list finished and our home decorated for parties? In our homes would anyone recognize that Jesus is the reason for our celebration or is everything generically secular? In the Gospel, we hear of John preparing the way for the Lord. How do we prepare for Jesus? Do we invite others to prepare for him?