SUNDAY-2nd Week of Advent:Year- C
First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9: God means to show your splendour to every nation.
Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-6. 8-11: Be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6: All mankind shall see the salvation of God.
The Forerunner, John the Baptist: The Pivotal Point of History
The coming of Jesus Christ was the pivotal point of human history. When he came to earth, earth saw the Son of God Himself (1Jn 1-3). Jesus is the King of kings, the Lord of lords and the God of very God, the Messiah. The Messiah needed a forerunner (John the Baptist) who would prepare for His coming.
1. He was a man who launched the most pivotal point of history (v.1)
2. He was a man called out of the wilderness (v.2)
3. He was a man who preached repentance and forgiveness of sin (v.3)
4. He was a man who cried out apocalyptically: Prepare, make the paths of God straight (v.4-6)
a. Humbled shall be exalted
b. Proud shall be made low
c. Crooked shall be straightened out
d. Rough shall be smoothed
e. God’s salvation shall be seen
Thought: John the Baptist’s preaching aroused thousands and changed the lives of multitudes and stirred them to prepare and to look for the Messiah. How shall we prepare and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ today?