Making Service Personal Weekly Reflection
December 5, 2010
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths. – Matthew 3:1-3
During this season of Advent we hear John the Baptist’s voice reminding us to “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” In all of our preparations for the Christmas season and the end of the year have we at times closed ourselves from the exhortations of St. John? God in His perfect plan used John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus the Christ in human form, to be born, to show us the way, and to die for our sins to grant us new life in Him. In the same way we need John the Baptist to exhort us to prepare the way. To repent. In other words, to change what needs changing, and to open our hearts to Christ coming to us in a new way. For God’s mercies are new each morning and if we don’t prepare the way His mercies may pass us by.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, and we must prepare the way of the Lord in our hearts and in our communities. How is the Lord crying out to you? In what ways is the Lord asking you to prepare the way for His coming?
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Taking it to the Streets Action Point:
Take John the Baptist's radical example and do something radical during this Christmas shopping season! Try donating $1 for every $1 you spend on Christmas gifts for others & yourself!!