Saturday, 5 December 2009

Make his paths straight (Luke 3:4)

Just a short Gospel reflection for this Sunday as we, the students, are away for a two day advent retreat. So I have to write this reflection beforehand while trying on the same time to finish an essay on Descartes... so it will be very very brief indeed! (and sorry, no reflection for the Gospel of Saturday)

Luke begins in the Gospel of this week (Luke 3:1-6) by specifying exactly when all these events, about to begin, started to unfold. Luke is known for his accuracy, and partly because of his description we can date the time of Jesus His ministry within a few years.

We read that "the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness" (Luk 3:2 RSV), and that he "went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Luk 3:3 RSV).

John was "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" (Luk 3:4 RSV), the cry from the unknown place, but people heard it and recognized it. He called them back to the Lord, and to repent and change their heart in order to "prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Luk 3:4 RSV).

So too in Advent, there is this voice calling us, to make the path straight for the Lord, to leave behind the baggage which might keep us back, and to follow the voice to repent and again newly discover the freshness of our God...

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