Saturday 15 December 2018
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-11. Psalm 79(80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19. Matthew 17:10-13.
Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved – Psalm 79(80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19.
‘He had been speaking of John the Baptist.’
Prophets usually have a bad time. Anyone who talks about a difficult truth is not often popular.
This Advent, we could well get caught up in the pre-Christmas activities and forget the deeper call to renewal of life. John the Baptist was fearless in his challenges of behaviours and lifestyles that were oppressive and destructive. He called people to be their better selves. In return, he was murdered in the name of revenge. Jesus, you tried to help your closest followers balance experiences of great joy with the reality that you, like John, would be killed out of jealousy and hatred. Help me to be strengthened by joy for the trials that will come.