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Gospel Reflection – 3rd Sunday of Advent – John 1:6-8; 19-28
Prophecy is a major theme of the readings throughout our Advent journey – the foretelling of one who is to come, from the prophet Isaiah to the message from John the Baptist, that someone is about to follow him who is greater than him and who will change the world forever.
In the gospel of St. John that we read this Sunday, John the Baptist is clear that he is the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah; “a voice that cries in the wilderness: make a straight way for the Lord.”
At that time, John the Baptist was challenging the Pharisees to recognise him as the witness to the light who was to come and that he was sent by God.
Do we in our turn recognise him as the pre-cursor to the arrival of the Son of God?
Do we in our turn recognise Jesus as the ‘Light of the World’?
On December 8th the Church celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Pope John Paul II’s words on the feast in 2003 help us to understand this mystery of faith:
“Chosen in advance to be the Mother of the incarnate Word, Mary is at the same time the first-fruits of his redeeming action. The grace of Christ the Redeemer acted in her anticipation, preserving her from original sin and from any contagion of guilt.”
In this difficult year the Christmas tree in school is the ‘Campion Tree of Hope’.
Everyone in the school has been encouraged to write down their hope for the present and the future and place in a bowl that sits next to the ‘Tree of Hope’. These will then be offered up to Our Lord Jesus as we prepare to celebrate his birth at Christmas. “Come Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22-20)