John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:1)
This second Sunday of Advent begins a focus on St. John the Baptist as the Forerunner. His purpose is to call people to repentance before the coming of Jesus Christ. That's his complete responsibility! Simply to point out the way to Christ and call people's attention to the fact that He is coming. It's the people's responsibility to hear his word and act on it, changing their lives for the better through repentance. John is a great model of the humility we all need as we continue our journey through this Advent season. For--who knows?--God may be calling you to point the way of the Lord to someone, to many people, perhaps without even realizing it.