Today’s readings focus on the prophet Elijah, and his connection with John the Baptist: ‘I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist’.

John was the herald, sent before the Lord to prepare the way before Him. As the hymn expresses it: ‘On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry / announces that the Lord is nigh. Come then and hearken, for he brings / glad tidings of the King of kings! Then cleansed be every Christian breast / and furnished for so great a guest; and let us each our hearts prepare for Christ to come and enter there’.

So let us prepare our hearts for the coming of the Saviour, by repentance, confession and amendment of life, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May God bless you and be very close to you.