Advent Week 2
While I am waiting by John Wallerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb7TSGptd3Y&list=PL5sexwzkyqUXdGk0PQHLknusHwBkTYo4f&index=11
A Reading from the Gospel according to Mark (Mk 1:1-8)
Response: Glory to you O Lord.
Make straight the paths of the Lord.
The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ,
the Son of God. It is written in the book of the
Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight,
and so, it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan, they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
The Gospel of the Lord
Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
This gospel account of the person and role of the prophet John the Baptist is centered on the significance of Baptism. John, not only issues a call to repentance but in the same context speaks passionately about the mission which flows from Baptism; this is to prepare the way for others to encounter Jesus. In this preparation of the way, we ourselves are called to get out of the way. John is the one who leads people to Jesus in a profound non-ego centered way. He issues an uncompromising invitation to all of us to die to our ego self where we are tempted to draw all things to ourselves, and to point the way to another who embodies unconditional love. The beautiful art work of Phillip Mantofa captures well this historic meeting. The selflessness of John leads to transcendence which in this scene is depicted as the Holy Spirit hovering gently making apparent the divine presence in this significant meeting between the two cousins; John and Jesus.
1. As I live out my Baptismal call how do I encounter others in a selfless way? 2. How do I bring and speak the good news to parts of our culture that are in the wilderness?
John Baptizing Jesus by Phillip Mantofa