As on writer put it "there is no going to Bethlehem and the sweet baby Jesus in the manger without first hearing the rough prophet in the wilderness that calls us to repentance". John the Baptist is abrasive, abrupt. His message captures our attention and probably makes us uncomfortable as well. But we need to pay attention to his words. John knows that faithful living required true commitment.
How is joy discovered in repentance and deep commitment? How has your baptism marked your life? How does your commitment to Christ affect your life?