Wednesday 30th November: John the Baptist

The theme of this school week is: Advent

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

From Matthew 3:1-3

John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching. “Turn away from your sins,” he said, “because the Kingdom of Heaven is near!” John was the man the prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said, “someone is shouting in the desert, ‘prepare a way for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel.”

Reflection

Two figures dominate the season of Advent: John the Baptist and Mary. During the first part of Advent we look at John. He was sent to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of Jesus. He told them to turn away from sin, to live good lives. He does not point to himself but to Jesus. When sinners came to him he received them with kindness, even when great sinners, provided they wanted to repent. But he had hard words for those who were not sincere. A key idea for Advent is repentance. Repentance is saying sorry to God for the things we have done wrong.  But this is not a sad message, repentance brings us into life and peace.

Prayer

May the blessing of our loving God come upon us this day; may we prepare to meet him and feel the presence and power of his Spirit always.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.