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.”
The role of the messenger is to announce news…to prepare the way… to be a herald!
Saint John Baptist de La Salle reminds us that “your faith should be for you a light which guides you in all things and a shining light for those whom you instruct, to lead them on the path to heaven. (No.178.1)
As Lasallians, we are called to prepare the way, to make straight the path, to proclaim the Good News of salvation to all! What is the Good News of salvation history? It is that we are all God’s children, worthy of welcome, love, respect and redemption! God became human in the person of Jesus to show us how to live. May we live with zeal in the oneness of Incarnational indwelling!
As I light the second candle of Advent, I pray for discernment as to how I lead others to a relationship with God. Am I willing to empty myself and allow for God’s holy indwelling in my heart? Can I let go of “ego” to be of service to the Kingdom?
“The only way this freedom could have happened is if John learned to be very empty of himself, already as a young man, before he ever built to this level of success, his ego was out of the way so much that he could let go of his own ego and even of his life.” -Fr. Richard Rohr
Courtesy of Peggy Perkins, Director of Campus Ministry at Christian Brothers Academy Syracuse
Saint John the Baptist was filled with such great faith that his preaching of repentance touched the hearts of a vast number of people who turned from their sinful ways to be baptized.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle asks if we have faith that is able to touch the hearts of our students and to inspire them with the Christian spirit. “To touch the hearts of your students is the greatest miracle you can perform and the one that God asks of you, for this is the purpose of your work”. (Med. 139.3)
“You can do more with the grace of God than you think.”
–Reflections: The Use of Time in Collection of Various Short Treatises