DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 1:1-8
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
On the Second Sunday of Advent, we meet St. John the Baptist. Who is he and what is the significance of his message for our lives today?
St. John the Baptist is the prophet who prepare the way for the coming soon of Jesus Christ. His life is fueled by one burning passion to point us to Jesus Christ and to the coming of His kingdom.
The Scripture describes that he is filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15, 41) by Christ Himself, whom Mary has just conceived by the Holy Spirit. We read in the Scripture, when Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth John leaps in her womb as they are filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). The fire of the Spirit dwells in John and makes him the forerunner of the coming Messiah. John is led by the Spirit into the wilderness prior to his ministry where he is tested and grows in the word of God.
He breaks the prophetic silence of the previous centuries when he begins to speak the word of God to the people of Israel. Jesus Himself tells us that John the Baptist is more than a prophet (Luke 7:26). He is the voice of the Consoler who is coming (John 1:23; Isaiah 40:1-3).
John the Baptist proclaims that Jesus Christ will baptize us with the Holy Spirit. Our baptism in Jesus Christ by water and the Spirit results in a new birth and entry into God’s Kingdom as his beloved sons and daughters.
Today, while waiting the coming of Jesus Christ, we are already given the Holy Spirit. So, we may radiate the joy and truth of the Gospel to this world in desperate need of God’s light and truth.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we are ready to worship Jesus Christ whom proclaimed by St. John the Baptist. We are also ready to be changed and transformed by His presence that we may be lights pointing others to Jesus Christ. Like John the Baptist, we too are called to give testimony to the light and truth of Jesus Christ. Let’s point others to Him in the way we pray, live, work, and speak in our daily lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, let the Holy Spirit who has guided St. John the Baptist also burn brightly in our hearts that we may know the joy and freedom of Your Kingdom. Fill us with the Holy Spirit and empower us to witness the truth of Your Gospel and to point others to You, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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