In today’ Gospel, we hear that we are to be active in reforming our lives. The reading call us to “repent,” “prepare the way of the Lord,” and “make straight his paths.” These verbs help us realize that we need to strive continually to renew ourselves in the Lord. In repenting, we are to bring about God’s ways and turn to God so that the kingdom may come. We can look inward and ask ourselves what we need to change or turn from at this time. Preparing for new growth means learning to release old patterns. By confessing our sins and making changes in our lives, we ready ourselves to make a place with the “inn” of our lives for Jesus.