This Sunday’s readings are filled with messages of hope and a message of new beginnings.
‘God will lead Israel in Joy by the light of His glory, with His mercy and integrity for escort.’
The response to the Psalm:
‘Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever..‘
In the second reading, Romans is full of hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
In the Gospel John the Baptist calls the people to repentance, to prepare the way for the Lord.
‘A voice cries in the wilderness, prepare a way for the Lord, make straight His paths.’
The wilderness is normally associated with fear and inhospitable places. There are dangers and challenges.
However, it can also be a place of cleansing. The Jewish people led by Moses spend 40 years in the wilderness being formed as a people. In the midst of this journey, they establish a covenant with God.
John the Baptist heralds a new covenant as he also comes out of the wilderness.
He is preparing the way for Jesus.
What fears do I need to face in faith so that I can walk freely?
What obstacles stop me from surrendering in love to God?
God desires our happiness.
When we walk in integrity, we can experience God’s peace.