My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
We continue to reflect with joy on “that day” when justice shall flourish and fullness of peace will be ours forever. These happy thoughts and dreams are interrupted by the stern voice of John the Baptist telling us to “reform your lives!” It would be a lot easier to just dream and look to God for making that dream come true.
History shows us that this is too often the case. People have dreamed of the peace described in our reading from Isaiah today. People have too often simply dreamed and we know dreams alone will not make our dreams come true.
Where do we find encouragement to make the changes that John demands? John himself speaks of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Paul in our second reading speaks of the gift of the scriptures and of the church. He tells us we can be of mutual support. How important then, even when we are as busy as people get during these holidays, to take the time for prayer, church and mutual support.
May these days lead you closer than ever to Him!