Reflections on the Gospel Reading for the Second Sunday of Advent -- Mark 1: 1-8
Like John the Baptist, each Christian has been appointed to be a herald of the Lord. John testifies that he has been sent to prepare the way of the Lord by crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight his paths!” His appearance was strange, but he attracted quite an audience with his message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. We can feel confident to take up the evangelizing mission of John if we remember an important fact: “One mightier than I is coming after me.” We are messengers and workers, not the Messiah.
This fact – that God is God and we are not – is an essential awareness in the spiritual life, as in the prayer, "A Future Not Our Own."
“We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.”
So, let us pick up our weary hands and strengthen our weak knees, and ACT, as our CFM training has prepared us. Let us do something.