Thursday of the 2ndt week of Advent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John of the Cross
Readings for today’s Mass
The coming of a prophet that is greater than all the prophets of old tells the Jewish world that something even bigger will follow. Prophets are meant to prophesy, and a great prophet has something great to proclaim. By telling the crowds that the greatest prophet ever is John the Baptist, Jesus is suggesting that John has something of the utmost importance to announce. And he does! John is charged with announcing that Jesus is the Son of God.
Let’s take a step back and think about that for a moment. As a modern-day worshipper, we sometimes forget the implications of those words. Imagine meeting someone who claimed to be God, the one who created us. Would you believe them? If you did believe in today’s culture, you may be ridiculed or cast out of certain social circles. But in Jesus’s time, believing that Jesus was the Son of Man could get you murdered. Still, John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus’ coming until the day John became a martyr.
Our job today is much easier. We are called to be like John the Baptist and spread the word that Jesus is the Son of God. Christmas is coming, and I have found there is no better time than Advent to reflect and ask myself two important questions. Am I enough like John the Baptist? If I were put on trial for being Catholic, would there be enough evidence to convict me?
Be like John the Baptist. Go out and proclaim the word in good deeds this Advent season.