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:
‘The Lord has done great things for us; We are filled with joy.‘
In the second reading, Philippians is full of Joy praying for the people and speaks of the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us for the praise and glory of God.
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.
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