Posted by: fvbcdm | December 5, 2014

Feast of Saint Gerald (5 December 2014)

This Sunday, the Catholic world will ring with those classic Advent texts taken from the prophet Isaiah and the gospel according to Saint Mark. Isaiah says: “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God … speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her slavery is at an end … in the desert prepare a way for the Lord … make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God … every valley shall be filled in and every mountain and hill shall be made low … then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed!” “Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings … cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news … fear not to cry out to the cities of Judah: here is your God … here comes with power the Lord God … like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom and leading the ewes with care.” And Saint Mark tells us: As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, behold I am sending you my messenger … he will prepare your way … A voice of one crying out in the desert: prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths … John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins … this is what he proclaimed: one mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals … I have baptized you with water … he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” We have heard these blessed, splendid words for as long as we have been Christians and have celebrated Advent. They take on deeper and more beautiful meaning with each passing year if our spiritual lives are developing as they should. They become poetry and nourishment of our minds and hearts. Because they speak of Jesus, whose anticipation makes this season so wonderful and the great festival of Christmas so glorious. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note: This message was composed some years ago.

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