John the Baptist is as colorful as he is familiar to us. His life and times are far away, but his struggles are surprisingly contemporary. In today’s Gospel lesson we find John in prison because he publically called Herod an adulterer. John was not in prison because the kingdom of God had failed him. He was in prison because he had not failed the kingdom of God. The fact that God does not deliver us from the enemies we are just now coming to fear is as much a proof of the presence of the kingdom as a peace and prosperity. In this homily, offered on Advent 3, 2015, Fr. John encourages us to walk humbly with God amidst the decay of contemporary culture.