10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (177)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 3:1-6
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”
John had faith. In a time where his people were oppressed by the Romans and the Jewish leaders were not living the message of God, as was their duty, John proclaimed repentance – a turning away from what was offered by society and turning towards God.
John could have become depressed - it's all too hard; there is little faith in the world – but he did not. John did what he was called to do – he preached God's hope of salvation.
He had faith in God to bring forth what He had promised from of old. A Messiah; salvation for his people. So despite the danger, the ridicule and the inevitable result of his death, John preached Salvation.
The world promises so much and so many follow these empty promises; our leaders are not leading us towards God but are influenced by materialistic gains. God and his followers are ridiculed in every level of society and in some parts of the world, martyred for their faith.
We are called to be like John: a voice in this wilderness that invites people to a greater hope; one that can fulfil their desires and can bring eternal happiness!
Let us pray this advent for the gift of faith and the grace to share it.
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Next Reflection: Sunday 13th December 2015