A Voice Cries Out:
What kind of voice are you in the wilderness of our world today? What are you shouting out for People to hear these days? What are people actually hearing from you? And just as important, what are people seeing you do? Are you proclaiming “good news”? Or are being bogged down by the hectic pace we Americans labor under, especially during this month?
Aligning ourselves with the two prophets of the readings today, Isaiah and John the Baptist, we have our work cut out for us. Instead of just listening to the “today’s story”, insert yourself as one of these prophets. John the Baptist knew his role to point out and to prepare the world for the Messiah. His role, as was Isaiah’s, was to show that the Lord’s presence and care was upon all those who called upon God. They are calling for a much needed radical change in the whole idea of “waiting” for the Lord.
Are you bringing glad tidings to anyone in need? We’re not talking about some grandiose or extravagant national program. We’re talking your actual neighbor or maybe a person under the same roof who may sit at the same table as you. The listeners of Isaiah and John were sorely in need of some joy-filled words and favorable actions.
The blessings and gifts we have received are best returned to God through our sharing of them. By this sharing of gifts – freedom, peace, and rejoicing can be brought to those most in need! By doing justice, we become more of the children of God that we were created to be.
On the Level:
Our parish newsletter is still looking for an interested person who would like to begin composing the articles we read each month. Give it some thought and give me a call. Let’s not lose this valuable method of communication.
St. Joseph’s CYO (Athletic Association):
We had a profitable and fruitful meeting of our members and interested persons last week. I’m happy with our discussion and the direction we seem to be headed. Thank you.