Sunday, December 6, 2015

Prepare Ye The Way

It's the 2nd Sunday of Advent and the Gospel asks us to reflect on John the Baptist's call to repentance. Here's Benedict XVI: 

“As the journey of Advent continues, as we prepare to celebrate the nativity of Christ, John the Baptist's call to conversion sounds out in our communities. It is a pressing invitation to open our hearts and to welcome the Son of God Who comes among us to make divine judgement manifest. The Father, writes St. John the Evangelist, does not judge anyone, but has entrusted the power of judgement to the Son, because He is the Son of man.
“And it is today, in the present, that we decide our future destiny. It is with our concrete everyday behavior in this life that we determine our eternal fate. At the end of our days on earth, at the moment of death, we will be evaluated on the basis of our likeness or otherwise to the Baby Who is about to be born in the poor grotto of Bethlehem, because He is the measure God has given humanity.
“Through the Gospel John the Baptist continues to speak down the centuries to each generation. His hard clear words bring health to us, the men and women of this day in which even the experience and perception of Christmas often, unfortunately, reflects materialist attitudes. The 'voice' of the great prophet asks us to prepare the way for the coming Lord in the deserts of today, internal and external deserts, thirsting for the water of life which is Christ.”

I like that, and I'll resist the strong temptation to make unkind remarks about "make his paths straight" and Bruce, sorry, Cait, Jenner.

God bless,



LL said...

I was looking through the latest book on what is and is not correct. Please substitute the word, "Quaanza" for "Christmas" in the future. I'm sure that it's perfectly acceptable for members of the US Military to wish each other a Happy Quaanza. I hope that your congregation understands that there are pressures not to be overtly a follower of Christ these days.

(I responded to your comment on my blog)

LSP said...

Quaanza's a great holiday; I especially like its 7 Pillars. Christmas, and its 12 days? That's a different story altogether.