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Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"

Luke 3:1-6
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    • John began his mission in the wilderness, as Jesus was to do. We each have a wilderness inside us, a place of testing, where the power of false gods is broken. It is a place of encounter with ourselves, with our inner demons and with God. We should not be afraid of going into this wilderness, since it is there that the word of God will come to us.
    • The paths I follow are often crooked, diverting me from my eternal goal. What can I do to make my path to God straight?
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    • The Gospel positions John the Baptist in the history of his time, sign-posting the date of God's intervention in human history. It was not a one-off intervention; it continues through every one who works to prepare the way of the Lord.
    • John the Baptist was an independent Jewish prophet active somewhere around 28 AD. Groups of John's disciples continued to venerate him after his death, and even formed a rival movement to early Christianity. John quotes the prophet Isaiah, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight." The image John uses is that of a road engineer, shouting out orders for the construction of the 'royal road' of the Lord.
    • In Advent, I am called upon to open up the royal road to my own heart so that Jesus may be re-birthed in me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The Gospel positions John the Baptist in the history of his time, sign-posting the date of God's intervention in human history. It was not a one-off intervention; it continues through every one who works to prepare the way of the Lord.
    • John the Baptist was an independent Jewish prophet active somewhere around 28 AD. Groups of John's disciples continued to venerate him after his death, and even formed a rival movement to early Christianity. John quotes the prophet Isaiah, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight." The image John uses is that of a road engineer, shouting out orders for the construction of the 'royal road' of the Lord.
    • In Advent, I am called upon to open up the royal road to my own heart so that Jesus may be re-birthed in me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The Gospel positions John the Baptist in the history of his time, sign-posting the date of God's intervention in human history. It was not a one-off intervention; it continues through every one who works to prepare the way of the Lord.
    • John the Baptist was an independent Jewish prophet active somewhere around 28 AD. Groups of John's disciples continued to venerate him after his death, and even formed a rival movement to early Christianity. John quotes the prophet Isaiah, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight." The image John uses is that of a road engineer, shouting out orders for the construction of the 'royal road' of the Lord.
    • In Advent, I am called upon to open up the royal road to my own heart so that Jesus may be re-birthed in me.