This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. In the Gospel reading below, we read of John the Baptist preaching of repentance--a conversion of mind and heart. During the Advent season, we are called to repentance; we are called to “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
On Monday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The school community will attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are invited to join us in the celebration of this special feast where we honor Mary, the patroness of our nation, our Blessed Mother who was conceived without sin.
As we continue our journey through Advent, we pray for God’s continued blessings on our parish and school community. May each of us change our mind and heart as we “prepare the way of the Lord.”
Gospel Mt 3:1-12
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”