Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
December 08, 2019 – Sunday
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
The message of St John the Baptist consists of a precise imperative, “repent” and an equally clear reason: “for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand”. The fruits of repentance are to give new direction to one’s existence.
Repentance is a turning towards “the kingdom of heaven”, towards something new which is imminent, together with its demands and prospects. It is a matter of giving a decisive turn to life in a new direction: the “kingdom of heaven” is the foundation and gives meaning to repentance and not just any human efforts. The expression “kingdom of heaven” says that God will reveal Himself to all. John says that this revelation of God is imminent, not distant.
On this feast of the Immaculate Conception, let us run to Mama Mary for focus on holiness,, humility and faithfulness to our ultimate objective of “kingdom of heaven.”