John the Baptist’s message serves as a spiritual road grader that creates a clear, smooth, level, unobstructed road to our Lord (Luke 3:5).
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It must have been powerful to see so many publicly turning towards repentance. But then, something very odd happened. Jesus came from Galilea, and asked John to baptize him as well.
Making a path for persons to arrive “home” is an apt metaphor for the season of Advent that is upon us.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception reminds me that all the cleaning and baking and buying should reflect something even bigger going on inside me: preparations for Christ’s coming to my heart.
Christ did not travel to this region to further a prejudice against Canaanites. He traveled there so the Canaanite woman could teach the disciples a lesson in humility, persistence in prayer, and faith.
To be a disciple of a great teacher was more like being an apprentice learning from a master. The disciple would devote himself to the teacher, seeking to become like him.
The Acts of the Apostles begins with a brief but crucial phase in the life of the budding Christian community: the seven weeks following Jesus’ resurrection