December 7, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Mark 1:1-8
As it is written in Isaiah, the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins...This is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptised you with water; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”
Sharing the Mission
John knew the Advent secret: He focused his whole life on the coming of Jesus. He realised that his all-consuming vocation was to prepare the way of the Lord. Our own vocation is very similar. St Vincent de Paul tells us that the person of Jesus must be absolutely central in our lives, as it was for following Christ. We seek to share in his love and reverence for the Father and his compassionate and effective love for the poor. With him we trust in God’s providence, which rules over all. For Vincentians, as for John the Baptist, there is nothing else but Jesus.
Discuss ways in which your conference can keep Jesus at the core of your meetings.
Continue to reflect on ways you can ensure that Jesus is central to all you do in your life.
(Together) Come Lord Jesus, give us the grace to “Make straight your paths”
Teach us humility recognising “all good comes from God.”
We so often lack power and human resources,
Deepen our trust in the power of your Spirit working in us.
With John the Baptist,
May we prepare the way for the coming of Christ.
As we eagerly await your coming, come to all people
Especially the poor and the forgotten.