Commentary on the Gospel of
6 December 2nd Sunday Advent
The figure of John the Baptist gives us some of the keys that should characterize the life of the Church in all times and places. Also in our time and in our country. The Church, every Christian community, every parish, must be a prophet of God in our world. Like John, the Church is not in the world to announce herself, but to announce the saving presence of God among people. The Church does not exist for herself, to perpetuate herself. Her center is the Gospel. Her mission is to bring the Gospel to the hearts of all men and women and to make the Kingdom of God a reality in our world. Our life and works must bear witness that God comes and wants to come to the hearts of all men and women. Like John, the church must know how to use word and deed to give hope and life to the men and women of our world.
In Advent, John the Baptist is a model for the Christian community. Like him, we need to know that behind us comes one who can do more than we can. That we are only his spokespersons and heralds. The only mission of the Church is to evangelize. The only reason for her existence is to announce to people that salvation is coming, that it is already present in our world.
For your reflection
How do we announce that the Messiah, the Savior, is already present in our world? Perhaps we are so well off in our community, we love each other so much, that we forget about the people who are waiting for our message? What gestures or signs do we make to give hope to those who do not have it or have lost it? What words do we use?