Prepare and get ready
The first thing I think of when I read this Gospel is that it is not a very long Gospel reading or a very easy one upon which to reflect.
People are asking questions as to why John is baptising people in the name of God, which you would assume comes from the actions of John preparing people to be ready for their meeting with Jesus, a tradition that continues today.
I must admit his responses were a bit terse. He seems to replicate the fire and brimstone of the Old Testament with the promise of the peace and love of the New Testament.
Not being a theologian, it’s hard to get your head around this gospel reading but if we look at it in today’s environment, I think it suggests to us that we have had a huge year; it’s time to dust off the hardships and cleanse ourselves of the year that was.
Our family’s experiences of not being able to see our daughter all year, and the trials and tribulations we have had to endure, and the difficulties we have gone through to see her this Christmas, have all been worth it. The preparation will have paid off.
As Christmas approaches, look for the good news, see hope in the future and prepare yourself for the joys yet to come.
Think of your favourite Christmas Carol. Listen to the words more carefully and more intently than you have previously.
If you attend Mass, listen to the Gospel or Homily a little more closely.
John believes Jesus is the Good News, the hope of humanity and we should prepare ourselves and get ready for the coming of Christ. All of us need hope and 2020 has encouraged us to prepare and get ready to be the best we can be for what the future holds.
I think John’s message is as relevant today as it was over 2,000 years ago. Prepare and get ready.
This week Shayne is reflecting on John 1:6-8, 19-28