A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 3:1-12
"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. John wore clothing made of camel's hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locust and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his Baptism, he said to them,, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our Father.' For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the One who is coming after me, is mightier than I, I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fan, is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff, he will burn with unquenchable fire." The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer Come Holy Spirit, enkindle the hearts of the faithful and fill them with the fire of Thy Love.
"A voice of one crying out in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord" The 'Voice' appeared in the desert preaching, when the Word (Jesus) was near 'at hand.' How intimate is this relationship between the 'Voice' and the 'Word.' What am I meant to learn from this intimate relationship?' Perhaps one thing among many may be; to open my mind and heart and being to the Voice of God through others. To listen to the voice that directs my gaze towards Christ, that I may recognize Him and receive Him in daily life. Do I make 'straight the path' for His coming by allowing Him, the liberty, to speak to my heart as He chooses, when He chooses, through whom he chooses, in the circumstance he chooses, because He chooses, because He loves me? Does the way a person is clothed or what they do for a living or how they speak, 'trouble my hearing' so that I unable to hear The Voice leading me to the Truth; the person of Jesus Christ. It can be a great temptation to reject the voice, because of the 'package' it comes in; which may appear blemished or unattractive. Such as someone I'm not fond of, who says something to me-do I bristle and reject it, because it comes from them? To "prepare the way of the Lord" is to allow Jesus the freedom to lay low the mountains of my pride so as to prepare the way for his Word in my heart by letting go of control and rejoicing in being drawn closer to Him, through the grace of the present moment. To make straight the way, is to lay my heart wide open to His Voice, His utterance, His Word. We need silence within to hear the tender and loving voice that bids admittance into our hearts. This past week, when did you hear the Lord speaking to you? Through what person? What situation? What homily? What misunderstanding? What moment of weakness? Go there with Jesus, listen to His Voice and allow Him entrance..."make straight the path."
O Come Divine Messiah, in Silence of Heart I await you