Saturday 23 December 2017

About Today Readings

Advent Season of Creation. St John of Kenty.

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24. Psalm 24(25):4-5, 8-9, 10, 14. Luke 1:57-66.

Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand – Psalm 24(25):4-5, 8-9, 10, 14.

Who will this child turn out to be?



The sudden return of Zechariah’s speech after naming of the baby amazes all around him and the people realise there is a divine power at work. News of these events spread throughout the entire hill country of Judea. This special event early in the child’s life suggest he is special. Those who heard of the event pondered it (as Mary was doing).

Even though they are convinced that ‘the hand of the Lord was with him’ Luke constantly reminds the audience throughout the Gospel that Jesus is the more important one and John is preparing the way for him. The birth of John to his elderly parents, such faithful Jews is an extraordinary event.

John is to become a prophet. Living with simplicity and love he witnessed Jesus. As with the Old Testament prophets he shows us how his own bodily life became a prophetic sign to the people. It is part of our own prophetic call to live with a different set of values than our world that as Pope Francis says “nourishes a mistaken assumption that there is an infinite availability of goods in the world…Techno science has turned into technocracy, which has become a real dictatorship with a firm logic of domination over everything and everyone…The great illusion, dominant today, lies in believing that techno science can solve all environmental problems. This is a misleading idea because it involves isolating the things that are always connected…there is intrinsic value in every being.”

Prophets invite us to contemplate our Creator God, to discover God in all things. Pope Francis encourages us to a “prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment, free of the obsession with consumption.” Can I awaken to the reality of my own prophetic call? That my own life has a sacramental value for the world? That like John, I have a symbolic and sign value.


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