Shalom- 10/12/2017

Đăng bởi ngày 9 Tháng Mười Hai, 2017


Sun 10th Dec 2017
2nd Week of Advent

Is. 40:1-5,9-11
Ps. 85(84):9,10,11-12,13-14
2 Pt. 3:8-14
Mk. 1:1-8   (Ps Wk II)


Jesus_e_Joo_Batista_600x350The people of Israel were going home! They had suffered in exile for 70 years, but it was almost over. The prophecy joyfully proclaimed that a royal highway was being prepared for God, who would go before them. God reigns, then and always, and God never abandons us. As for us, we must be patient and not let our faith waver.

When will it happen? In God’s time, not ours. The people of Israel had to wait 70 years. In the New Testament, people were anxiously asking when Jesus would return. The answer was the same: be patient, and be faithful. God’s time is very different from ours; in fact, everything about God is different than we are. Let God be in control.

John the Baptist, just like Isaiah, was tasked with proclaiming the coming of God and preparing the way. He was the ‘voice crying in the wilderness’. His preaching inspired people, stirring their hearts and firing their hopes for the mercy and grace of God. In our own time, Christians are certainly called to rouse the hearts and minds of people, offering encouragement and hope. God is always at work, in every age and in every place, and we are privileged to take part in God’s work.

Lord, may I be a source of hope for others.