Click here to download and listen to this homily (15 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise at St Rose of Lima parish in Wrangell, Alaska. Today we hear the beginning of Mark's Gospel. John the Baptist is out in the desert baptizing those who acknowledged their sins. Isaiah calls for us to make straight a Highway for our God. The building of the Alaska HWY in 1942 was just the beginning. The highway is under constant maintenance and improvement, so much so it is now 320 miles shorted than when it was first completed. Our relationship with God is damaged or destroyed through our sin, so our relationship with God needs constant maintenance and improvement.
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8