From the Pastor’s Desk 12/06/2015
Dec 4, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The gospel for the second Sunday of Advent introduce to us the figure of John the Baptist. He is a singular character faithful to his mission and vocation both fulfilled with humility. He recognized in Jesus the Messiah long awaited by Israel and declared that he was not worthy to untie his sandals. John the Baptist invites us during this Advent season to prepare the way of the Lord, straightening the paths, embracing humility and opening our hearts to welcome the tenderness and new life Jesus brings. John the Baptist wants us to straighten our path in order to receive Jesus in our lives, our parish community and our nation.
The first thing we need to do is to remind ourselves that we need a personal contact with Jesus. It is not possible to feed ourselves only with religious doctrine, nor follow Jesus as a sublime abstraction. What we need is to find harmony between our hearts and our values so we can be in tune with Jesus’ love for God and humanity. We too are living in the desert of our modernity and our job as Christians is to reconfigure our community as the place where we live Jesus’ Gospel, allowing him the opportunity to partake of our problems, crisis, fears and hopes with all His healing force.
It is this direct contact with Jesus and his Good News that make us be born to a new faith and to live up to that faith not by obligation but because we are captivated. We need to lower our pride and the great sin of our culture: self-reliance. We must clear our paths from our personal low self-esteem and lack of confidence. The secret is to allow Jesus to walk with us. He will give us the confidence we need to become better people and hence a better community and nation.