Second Sunday of Advent - Year C
"Prepare the way of the Lord"
It is written about John the Baptist : “The voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” But what follows concerns the Lord our Savior alone. For it is not John who “fills up every valley” but the Lord our Savior. Let each of us consider what he used to be before he came to the faith: he will notice that he was a deep valley, sloping downwards and plunging into the depths. But our Lord Jesus came and sent the Holy Spirit in his place; then “every valley has been filled.” It has been filled with good works and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Charity does not allow valleys to last in you and, if you possess peace, patience and goodness, not only will you cease to be a valley but you will start to become a mountain of God… “Mountains and hills shall be made low.” In these lowered mountains and hills we can see the enemy powers that stand against humankind. For indeed, in order that the valleys we are talking about may be filled, the enemy powers, mountains and hills, must be made low. But let us see whether the following prophecy concerning the coming of Christ has been fulfilled. In fact the text continues: “The crooked shall be made straight”. Each one of us was crooked– at least, if it concerns what we used to be formerly and not what we still are today – and the coming of Christ, which has taken place even in our souls, has set to rights all that was crooked… Let us pray that his coming may be fulfilled in us each day and that we may be able to say: “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2,20).
Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian
Homilies on Saint Luke's Gospel, no. 22, 1-3 (SC 87)