advent-wreath-3JN 1:6-8, 19-28

A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.

And this is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests
and Levites to him
to ask him, “Who are you?”
He admitted and did not deny it,
but admitted, “I am not the Christ.”
So they asked him,
“What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
And he said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
So they said to him,
“Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?”
He said:
“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
‘make straight the way of the Lord,’
as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent. 
They asked him,
“Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
“I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.

Gaudete Sunday- Rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.  Epistle to the Philippians Philippians 4:4–6Psalm 85 (84):1

He came for testimony, to testify to the light,so that all might believe through him

Saint John Baptist de La Salle writes of Saint John the Baptist: “He was sanctified in his mother’s womb by Jesus Christ when the Most Blessed Virgin went to visit Elizabeth, having been chosen by the eternal Father to be the precursor of Jesus. Saint John was holy by the life he led.” (Meditation on the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.)

Brother Alvaro, in his final talk to the General Chapter (April  2014) stated, “As I have said many times, especially in recent years, I believe that the Founder never expressed better the purpose of this Institute and its mission as he did in writing the first two Meditations for the Time for Retreat, ”God wants everyone to be saved.”  We were born to be instruments of salvation that encompasses the whole person, all persons, but with a very special tenderness and primary option for the poor, the excluded, the abandon and the young people in search of meaning.”

Advent Prayer

As I light the third candle of Advent, I reflect upon the words of the Founder…”by your vocation you are obliged to announce the truth of the Gospel every day.” Loving God, I am not worthy but with your love and grace, I will have the faith and zeal I need to proclaim by word and deed the God News of salvation.

Advent Reflection

“You possess the grace of being a successor in His ministry. Be assured however, that you will make this effective for others only insofar as it has produced its effects in you. See that it does so without delay!”

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Meditation on the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.

Lasallian View

Courtesy of Peggy Perkins, Director of Campus Ministry at Christian Brothers Academy Syracuse

“Those who teach others are merely the voice that prepares hearts; it belongs to God to prepare them by his grace to receive him.

  • John was the greatest of the prophets, yet he lived as a humble and faithful servant of God. He pointed others to Jesus, Messiah and Savior of the world. “He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.”
  • Do you point others to Christ by your witness and example?
  • Saint John Baptist de La Salle says, “Those who teach are only God’s voice. The word that makes God known to those whom they instruct must come from Him; it is God who speaks in teachers when they explain Him and what is related to Him.” (Med. 3.2)
  • Therefore, let us humble ourselves and allow God’s Spirit to work through us! (Med. 3.1) It sure takes the pressure off of us; God will do the work in and through us!