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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

December 4, 2016 —Second Sunday of Advent

Matthew 3:1-12
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Advent is like a time machine. It takes us into the past, present, and future. Advent celebrates the coming of Jesus into our world two thousand years ago. Advent proclaims the many ways Jesus comes into our world today, especially the Church and sacraments. Advent reminds us that Christ will come at the end of our days on earth.

Today’s Gospel adds a new time change. John the Baptist cries out, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We have advanced thirty years from the birth of Jesus to the beginning of his public life. Of course, John the Baptist HAD announced the birth of Jesus. When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, then six months pregnant, John leapt in his mother’s womb. John literally spent his entire life preparing the way of the Lord!

John invites us to acknowledge our sinfulness and to “Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.” John did not just condemn sinners. He promised the coming of one mightier than himself who would take away the sins of the world, and baptize with the fire of the Holy Spirit. We have received the baptism of Jesus and his gift of the Holy Spirit. As we consider the time machine that is Advent, we give thanks for Christ’s coming two thousand years ago, we greet him today at the Eucharist, and we look forward with hope to his coming at the end of our days.

We who are members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal honor “Mary, conceived without sin," with special joy. She has been with us in the past. She intercedes for us now. We trust that she will lead us to the future joys of eternal life.

 

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