First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9
Second Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6
Preparation and planning are an important part of celebrations in our lives… Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, weddings etc. We may spend countless hours to make them special. John the Baptist preached a message of preparation to the people of his time, so their hearts would be ready to receive the most special gift that God the Father has for us, His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. The message did not come from the political rulers or religious leaders of the day that St. Luke lists in the beginning of today’s gospel. The message was delivered by just the opposite, from a man dressed in camel hair, eating wild honey and locusts and living in the desert, i.e. John the Baptist. John the Baptist was certainly a credible messenger, who practiced what he preached.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. The good work began at our Baptism. God chose us. When we become young adults and adults, we stand on our own and respond to our selection by God, i.e.to God’s call. We are called to bring the love of Jesus Christ into our own time and place – to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and especially to those most in need in our midst.
The prophet Baruch told the people of his time to rejoice that they are remembered by God. Our God is mindful of us every moment of our lives. We too rejoice, as we near the celebration of the birth of His only begotten Son. May our love increase ever more and more. (Phil1:9)
God bless us all always!