Sunday, December 5, 2021

Advent 2021 / 2

 5th Dec 2021

2nd Sunday of Advent

Today we light 2 candles on our Advent Wreath. The journey towards the Feast of Christmas continues. Today, in the Gospel we hear about John the Baptist.


Luke 3:1-6

The call of John the Baptist

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice cries in the wilderness:

Prepare a way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

Every valley will be filled in,

every mountain and hill be laid low,

winding ways will be straightened

and rough roads made smooth.

And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.


St Luke sets the historical scene for us, with the names of important people. People who will play a part in the story as it progresses. 

Then he gives us the beautiful detail that The Word of God came to John in the wilderness. I think, does the Word of God come to me in my wilderness. Am I ready for it, am I still, I am listening?

John was given His mission, which he went out to complete. What about me? Have I heard God's Word? Have I heard what my mission is? And am I determined to carry it out , like John did? 

We all have a special mission, a vocation, a calling from God. Let's ask Him to show us what it is He wants. 

Till next time.

God bless.

1 comment :

  1. We need to be reminded again and again what an astounding story this is, all the more so because it is real.


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