In Advent we hear about John the Baptist, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord.’” (Matthew 3:3) But whose voice is really calling? It is God’s, God calling you and God calling me. Calling us to what? Repentance is the obvious answer because Advent is a penitential season and repentance is what we do in penitential seasons. But repentance can be superficial; doing is not enough. “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear through the time of your exile.” (1 Peter 1:15-17) Are you one of God’s people? If so, Advent reminds us that we’re in exile from our true home, exile fraught with dangers and deceits. That we might arrive safely, God is calling, calling to our true home, calling us to Himself. So the call of Advent is to be holy, not just to content ourselves with doing things that appear holy. How? Tomorrow.