I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, December 7, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday December 9, Second Sunday of Advent, Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
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My Reflections:
In a faraway place there was a powerful dictator who shunned God in order to possess all the money and earthly power that he can muster. He used that power to oppress his people and to corrupt wealth. After ten years this dictator was deposed and he paid dearly for his abuse of power. This is the normal destiny of powerful and abusive people, yes they stay in power for a period of time but they are eventually punished and then they fade away into oblivion.

Contrast these powerful people with godly and humble ones, they are never forgotten. They forever stay in our consciousness  and their names are permanently remembered by God and by history.  

We have in our gospel for this second Sunday of advent powerful personalities such as Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Annas and Caiaphas. We also have in our gospel John the humble and godly precursor of Jesus. It was John who said that he is not worthy to untie Jesus' sandal strap (John 1:27). Compare the humble John with the powerful personalities in our gospel reading and let us choose whom we would like to emulate.

Would we choose the powerful ones or the humble one? Who is none other than John, power fades away; there is no permanence with power. Power and money could even become a curse to oneself if handled with arrogance and pride. But once we choose to emulate the humility of John, we would gain favor from God. Jesus would lovingly embrace us with His love and care for this is what He would want us to become.

Let us therefore choose to emulate John, let us follow his humility and let us heed his call for us to repent from our sinfulness by humbly submitting ourselves to the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.   

When was your last Confession?

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