Advent Reflections  |  Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

The word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah: A voice cries in the wilderness:

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. Every gulley will be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low, winding ways will be straightened and rough roads made smooth. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God. (Lk 3:1-6)

Luke likes to put the story he is telling about Jesus in the context of world history. From his account of the political leadership in power when John the Baptist, a kinsman of Jesus, started his preaching, we know that they were both about the age of 30 when they emerged on the public stage.  A little private part of us believes ...read more ...

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