The Luminous
Mysteries of Work
                  The Baptism of Our Lord
“…who are you?” He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”…I am a
voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of Lord,” as the prophet Isaiah
said.                                  - John 1: 19-20, 23

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  What a task poor John had.  He had
been one of the first to recognize Christ even while still in the womb.  I must recognize that that first
encounter with Christ prepared the way for John.  Many times my work seems overwhelming.  Like
John, I seem to get pressure from all sides.  He not only had to “prepare the way” he also had to
deal with the scholars and lawyers who were questioning him.  My work too can weigh heavily on
me.  During my day I must meet deadlines, deal with traffic, broken equipment, or crying babies,
while attempting to remain strong  a world that tries to drain every ounce of energy from me it can.  
All of this can amount to very little if  I have the right frame of mind.  I must remember that I, like
John, must decrease so that He might increase.  My job everyday is to prepare the way of the Lord
in the hearts of my family, friends, and co-workers.  If I walk a straight path those who see me may
find the path is straight for them if they will only follow Christ.
                                      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Etc.
           Additional clause: …of thy womb, Jesus, who was baptized by John.
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