3rd week of Advent: the Messenger

Dear Beginner, 

Has the Lord sent a messenger to you? Has He put someone in your life who has been an example to you? Did He give you someone who, despite your protests, has always shown you the truth? Are you able to recognize that it is out of love?

It's a gift from God that you have that person (or people) in your life. Not everyone has that gift, and many really do wander in this "valley of tears" thinking that there's no hope and nothing worth living for, because they truly don't know anything different.

I know someone that when she was younger, when asked by the "cool" girl in her class if she would be going to a party that weekend, responded that her mom wouldn't let her. Hearing that, the other girl said, with a sad note in her voice, "I wish my mom did that. She let's me do anything." Do you see how people long for direction, and in that direction, love?

In this week's Gospel, Jesus quotes Malachi 3:1, saying of St. John the Baptist, "Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you."

St. John the Baptist was sent once, and yet the Lord sends a John the Baptist in some way to each of us. This week be thankful for that person that God has put into your life to show you the way, and be attentive if He wants you to be a messenger to others.

This Sunday's readings: Isaiah 35:1-6, 1; Psalm 146, James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Come, Lord Jesus!