enter site Annas was even sometimes called a viper who hissed or whispered in the ears of judges and politicians in order to influence their decisions.
In this case, the prophet was John, as he prepared the way for Jesus. The passage reminds us that we need not be somebody well known and of great influence to be used by God.
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God uses you and me, not the most prominent or popular. Let us just get on our knees, in prayer, with the Word of God before us, and take hope. God will use us. This baptism symbolized turning from the past and turning toward a new life with God in the future. And what was repentance? We need to get the heart changed, the heart transformed" Rev.
Isiah was referring to mountains of pride and arrogance and valleys of discouragement and despair. If a king were planning to travel, work crews would be dispatched to repair the roads. Ideally, the roads for the king's journey would be straight, level, and smooth.
John considered himself as the courier of the king. But the preparation on which he insisted was a preparation of heart and of life.
The valley here stands for the estrangement of man from God. John called people to repent as a way of preparing their hearts and lives for the Lord's visit. He is calling us, too, to get ready for something so great that it fills our emptiness with expectation. A smooth road means nothing to God, but a repentant heart means a great deal.
Hence, the truly important goal for us is to prepare our hearts to receive the Lord. By emphasizing the last line of the quotation "All flesh will see the salvation of God," Luke stresses the universal aspect of God's salvation. Having begun the section with a list of rulers who did not bring wholeness or salvation, Luke ends with the expectation of a true Lord Who can bring these about.
We don't live in a perfect world, and we don't look to this world to see God's salvation. For salvation, we have to look to Jesus -- Jesus present in Scripture, Jesus present in the Sacraments, Jesus present in our coming together in his name, Jesus present in the lives of his followers. Perhaps if we began to see Jesus in each other and in ourselves, and started to treat one another and ourselves , as we would treat Jesus, more of the world might come to see God's salvation.
Advent, like Lent, is a season given to us so that we may repent of our sins and be reconciled with God and His Church by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If we have been involved in some dishonest practices at work or at home, we are called to straighten them out and make restitution. If we have been harboring grudges or hatred, or failing to be reconciled with others, now is the time to clear away all the debris.
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As individuals, we might have to overcome deep-seated resentment, persistent fault-finding, unwillingness to forgive, dishonesty in our dealings with others, or a bullying attitude. As a society we might have to dismantle unfair housing policies, employment disparity, economic injustice, or racial and ethnic biases. We have to turn away from them in sincere repentance and receive God's forgiveness. There are basically two reasons why people who have recognized their sins fail to receive forgiveness for them.
The first is that they fail to repent -- but the second is that they fail to forgive.
Jesus is very explicit about this in Matthew and He says, "For if you forgive men their transgressions, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. We must not let what others have done destroy our lives. We hear at Mass one of the most magnificent passages in the Scriptures, indeed one of the gems of the Western literary tradition: the prologue to the Gospel of John. In many ways, the essential meaning of Christmas is contained in these elegantly crafted lines.
But today I would like to focus on two lines in particular. Human beings were made by and for the Logos and therefore they find their joy in a sort of sympathetic attunement to the Logos. For example, a plant can become ingredient in a sentient nature only if it is devoured by an animal.