The Church continues her period of waiting with John the Baptist’s admonition to “Be prepared” – something which all good scouts will remember, I’m sure. For centuries, God’s Chosen People, the Jews (and we always have to remember that Jesus Himself was a Jew) had looked forward through their prophets for the coming of the promised Messiah, the One Who would save His people from their sins, and bring them back to their Promised Land. As he points out his cousin, Jesus, he declares that there is the One so long expected.