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“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63)
From Scriptures flow Redemption, for from them flow spirit and life. Spirit because the Divine inspired them, spoke them, fulfilled them. Life because through them and in them Resurrection has come to us.
O Lord, your words are spirit and life. May they bless our Lenten journey and beyond.
Peace and Goodness
What else is there to write about Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe?
He agonized in the garden to teach discernment
He was scourged at the pillar to inspire endurance
He was crowned with thorns to become our king
He carried the cross in solidarity
He suffered on Calvary to radiate forgiveness and redemption
The opportunity to reflect upon Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, inspires unpredictable thoughts, ramblings perhaps some would say. That’s how the Spirit sometimes works.
(Inspired by today’s Gospel: Luke 23:35-43)
Reading 1 IS 42:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm IS 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6
Reading 2 1 JN 5:1-9
Alleluia CF. MK 9:7
Gospel MK 1:7-11
Through water and the Spirit came God’s revelation; through Christ’s blood came our salvation. Christ’s ministry was possible through the former. Men’s redemption through the latter. God announced it through his prophets and the Spirit testified of it.
“This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by the water and blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and the three are of one accord” (1 JN 5:6-8).
Through Jesus’ baptism, God revealed his relationship with the Son and Spirit. This Trinitarian relationship gave Christ his strength and wisdom to minister and endure suffering. This same Trinity has been bestowed to us through baptism to live out our ministry and encounter tribulations.
Jesus’ obedience flamed his father’s love: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (MK 1:11). Our obedience, too, can lead us to fulfill our baptism “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation” (IS 12:3) if we believe in Jesus as his father instructed us “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him” (1 JN 5:1).
All who are thirst for the LORD can come to the waters of baptism. (cf. IS 55:1)
Reading 1: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Reading 2: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God” (IS 61:1-2).
These words, first spoken by the prophet Isaiah and repeated by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry, are instructions for service and evangelization (see LK 4:16-30).
In addition to being a time of preparation, Advent is an opportunity to reflect on the suffering of the poor and weak (cf. Psalm 41:1). It is an invitation to minister to the human and spiritual needs of the neediest amongst us. A ministry marked by joy and prayer (cf. 1 THES 5:16).
Let’s remember this day that it is by following Jesus’s teachings that we become anointed and rejoice in our God (cf. IS 61:10b). It is how, like John the Baptist, we become “the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’” (JN 1:23).
– God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.