Prepare the way for the Lord

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Year C  -  Second Sunday of Advent

Prepare the way for the Lord

Prepare the way for the Lord Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Luke 3:1-6

1 NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea, and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilina;
2 Under the high priests Annas and Caiphas; the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.
3 And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins;
4 As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
5 Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Second Sunday of Advent - Prepare the way for the Lord I sent all the prophets with the message of repentance. John the Baptist was sent with a very special mission; that of preparing the way for the Saviour. I was already in the world and my moment was approaching to begin my redemptive mission. John received the spirit of courage to speak to the crowds of that time and to exhort them to the baptism of conversion for the forgiveness of their sins.

As the last of the prophets, Johnís work was very important, since he opened the way for my ministry by announcing the coming of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. His baptism was a baptism of repentance, which was very important before my coming to the Jewish people. That baptism found its perfection with the new one made in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Repentance is the door that opens, to allow my visit to any soul. I have my throne in the highest heaven, surrounded by majesty, glory and splendour, but my dwelling on earth is perfect in a humble and contrite heart.

In baptism, the soul is covered with my light and receives the forgiveness of its sins; it opens the door to my presence and gives in to cooperate with my law of love, which guarantees salvation.

Every person that receives the word of God is called a prophet, his mission is very similar to that of John the Baptist, which consists in preparing the way for my coming.

Blessed are those who work for my Kingdom, who by their instruction become instruments of my word opening the door for my coming. Those are my little prophets who struggle to destroy the darkness of the world by bringing my light. In the same way as the martyrs, these souls suffer because of my Kingdom and with their efforts obtain the repentance of those who need it, preparing thus the way for the Lord.

Everyone who is baptised has the duty to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven through his faith, example and words. Every human being is a temple of my Spirit. Many temples are still sealed, filled with cold and darkness; they must be open to allow my Salvation through the light and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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