READING— Matthew 3: 1-12
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make straight his paths
The year 2013 may be remembered as a time in our country’s unfolding story as one that was occasioned by many tragedies. From the scandalous misuse of public funds; to the Zamboanga incident; to the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu; and to super-typhoon Yolanda. Despite the claims about growth in our economy, there still looms the question of how equitably the benefits of this growth have been shared. These events cry out to us as signs of brokenness in Philippine society. It is to a world such as ours that Jesus came to bring light and hope.
This second Sunday of Advent, our country hears this call for repentance and reconciliation. This Advent season comes with a call to our public officials to turn away from the sense of entitlement and be reconciled with noble end of the resources entrusted to them. There is call for our citizenry to be more vigilant in holding our public officials accountable. This Advent season comes with a call for our country to turn away from its negligence of the environment and be reconciled with nature. In so doing, we live in awareness and in harmony with the natural rhythms that give shape to our world. This Advent season comes with a call for us to turn away from any self-indulgence and be reconciled with the poor among us so that we may break bread with them in the one table of the Lord.
Our celebration of Christmas will be meaningful insofar as we have prepared our hearts to long and wait for Him whose wisdom and understanding will bring God’s justice and peace. Let us always nurture this desire for a more just and peaceful society, so that the Christ-child to be born this Christmas, may find a path that leads to our hearts.
Reform, O God, the passions and designs of our hearts. Let your steady hand guide the nations, and bring forth out of our discord a harmony more perfect than we can conceive – a new humility, a new understanding, a new purity and sincerity, a new sense of truth, and a new hunger and thirst for Your love to rule the earth. Amen.
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