This Sunday's Gospel presents the figure and work of John the Baptist, who pointed out a path of faith like the one that Advent proposes, preparing us to receive the Child God at Christmas.
This itinerary of faith is an itinerary of conversion. What does the word “conversion” mean? In the Bible it means, above all, changing direction and orientation; therefore, changing our way of thinking. In the spiritual life, conversion means going from evil to good, from sin to the love of God.
Conversion implies the pain of the sins committed, the desire to free oneself from them, and the purpose of excluding them forever from one's life by rejecting the worldly mentality, the excessive attachment to comforts, pleasure, well-being, and riches. Detachment aims to achieve communion with God, and friendship with God who comes to us.