Message of the Week

Reflections from the December 6 Gospel

Luke 3:1-6
Today’s Gospel reading references an ancient text from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. There, a prophecy was made that John the Baptist would fulfill many years later; John is the “voice of one crying out in the desert.” And the message that John’s voice proclaimed, in preparation for the coming of the Messiah, was a message of repentance.
As we prepare to welcome the Lord this Advent season, we should make the “path” of our souls level, straight, and smooth. We should “fill” the valleys of laziness or despair with diligence and joy. The mountains of pride and greed should be made low with humility and generosity. The winding roads of dishonesty and manipulation “shall be made straight” with commitment to the truth. And the rough ways of our selfishness and stubbornness should be made smooth through charity and docility to the Holy Spirit. When we live our faith with sincerity and devotion, our souls are transformed. This Advent, may our souls become a pleasant path for Christ.

Questions of the Week

Luke 3:1-6:
Why do you think historical context
was so important to Luke?
Baruch 5:1-9:
What do you find most comforting in Baruch’s words of encouragement?
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11:
Paul speaks of praying “always with joy” to the Philippians. When do you find yourself praying with joy to the Lord.