2nd Sunday of Advent (A)
1. Judging by John’s appearance (clothing of camel’s hair, a leather belt around his waist, eating locusts and wild honey) would you guess his cry was lukewarm, or a cry from his heart that called for life-altering change? How would you respond to him? Is the fire within you a conflagration or does it look more like the pilot light? What can you do during Advent to gather some kindling for your fire?
2. Does John the Baptist fit into any spiritual leader category you know? According to Pope Francis, if we lock ourselves in the traditions of the past, what might we miss? Might there be “new paths” to solve old problems in our world and our Church?
In face of the birth of his son, Zechariah was incredulous because natural laws made it impossible; they were old; they were elderly. Consequently, the Lord left [Zechariah] dumb during the whole time of gestation. It’s a sign. But God doesn’t depend on our logic and our limited human capacities. It’s necessary to learn to trust and be silent in face of God’s mystery and to contemplate His work in humility and silence, who reveals Himself in history and who so often exceeds our imagination. …
Fight the temptation to lock oneself in ways and traditions of the past, as a possible solution to today’s crisis. Rather, follow Saint Paul’s teaching to go on the liberating and ever new path of Jesus crucified and resurrected.
Do not lock yourselves in the traditions of the past
Pope Francis, June 23, 2021
SOURCE: Sunday Web Site – Saint Louis University