4th December 2016 
Second Sunday of Advent 
  

John the Baptist makes his appearance in today’s gospel offering a baptism that implies a life long conversion rather than a simple purification. 

He is asking the people who gather to listen to him to make a sincere resolution to reform their lives. So to approach this wild preacher with his ritual cleansing with anything but the purest of intentions would be foolhardy indeed. 

Those who did so received a scathing blast of his wrath. The most dramatic thing about John the Baptist is that he is only a faint shadow of the ultimate Baptizer – the one who will baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit. 

In him and his authority we will see clearly that no one is saved through the merits of heredity. Being the children of Abraham (or cradle Catholics) is not enough. 

Interior conversion is upon us as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas and the end of time. 

  

Dear Mother of Perpetual Succour,

throughout your life you were open to God's Holy spirit: faithful in prayer, willing in obedience and generous in love. Pray for us, that we may be open to God's word and filled with the Holy Spirit. You were faithful in prayer; pray that we too may follow Christ your son with the same spirit of prayer, with a willing heart, and in love for him, who first loved us.


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