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2 Sunday of Advent, 2017 B

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Gospel today emphasizes the role of the servant of God, John the Baptist, the one who had to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. It was about the “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” to the chosen nation, which serve as a proper preparation for the coming of Messiah. Matthew the Evangelist quoted fragments from the Old Testament spoken about the coming envoy: “Behold I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A Voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”. John the Baptist had started his activity exactly in the desert where he proclaimed the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Being the instrument, he pointed out to the Divine Messiah who only has the power to forgive sins. Surprisingly, the feedback of the people of Jerusalem, came to John and received baptism in the Jordan River acknowledging their sins. Guiding a good and abstain life, John the Baptist was the adequate voice of God who called out in the desert: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals”. “Loosening the thongs of the sandals” was referred to serving someone who carried the dignity of the divine Bridegroom who was really worthy to fulfill the duty of Messiah. John finishes his statement with the proclamation that his baptism is only from one of the water as a sign of forgiveness, and it is nothing in comparison with that of the Messiah who will baptize with the Holy Spirit giving as a consequence, a new divine life. All the activities of John the Baptist are directing us to understand the plans of God, about the coming of the Redeemer are in action, and that God will not come back until He not bring it to the end. This was started already in the nativity of Jesus Christ complemented by His salvific cross. All these messages come at Advent, reminding us what will happen during Christmas and complemented by the Triduum Paschal.