Tag: John The Baptist

Gospel Joy: Following & Pointing To Christ

This Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Guadete Sunday.  As we progress in the Advent season, we are to rejoice at the approach of our Savior. Today’s readings focus our attention on John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Christ, and serves as a model of how we are to discover the Gospel Joy of doing the same. Last Sunday we heard that “the word of God came to John.”  (Luke 3: 2)  This ‘encounter’ for the Baptist became the defining moment of his life.  I reflected last week that even for […]

John The Baptist, Elizabeth & Zechariah Allowed God’s Plan To Interrupt Their Own

On this Nativity of John The Baptist, we look to a critical moment in the history of salvation.  On this solemnity, our minds are drawn as much to the holy couples of Elizabeth and Zechariah & Joseph and Mary as they are to John the Baptist. This is a seminal moment in history when God is choosing through the lives of ‘ordinary couples’ to bring his Son into the world, as well as the one who would go before him to prepare His way, to Baptize Him and proclaim Him the Lamb of God. As […]

Welcome To My New Blog!

Dear Friends, welcome to my new blog! I figured after six and one half years, it was time for an upgrade. I also learned that around 80% of people who access the internet today do so with a hand-held device, and my previous blog was no longer user friendly. How can I / we be successful in the New Evangelization if we are not user friendly?! I am grateful and humbled by the readership of this blog over the years.  It is hard to believe that this blog post is number 800!  I pray God […]

Dance or Dirge or Indifference?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges our indifference to both the joy he offers as well as the penitential preaching of John the Baptist. To what shall I compare this generation?  It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ John the Baptist came to prepare the world for the arrival of the Savior.  He preached the need for conversion and offered a Baptism of repentance.  Do we allow the preaching of the […]

Advent: Prepare to Receive Christ

  This Second Sunday of Advent, the People of God is invited to re-discover the deepest desire of their heart.  This human desire is for God.  This longing of every human person is precisely what John the Baptist is helping people acknowledge and receive through his baptism of repentance.  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” This kingdom of heaven is fully present in the person of Jesus.  This is precisely what the Prophet Isaiah foretells in the passage we have heard again this morning: Jesus is the sprout of the stump of […]

Courage For Truth

As the light begins to fade on this feast of the Passion of John the Baptist, I would like to capture some of my thoughts from early this morning. We are all familiar with the story of the beheading of John the Baptist.  Because St. John was courageous enough to challenge Herod and his marital status, John was silenced as a martyr for Truth.  We know now that Jesus Christ is the Truth, and we, as St. John the Baptist, are also challenged to be just as courageous in preaching this Truth. We live in […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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