Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
December 8, 2019
Walk through any mall today and you’re bound to get a few shocks: fluorescent hair, vampire wannabes, jeans worn half-mast. Eye popping styles create a portable cone of notoriety drawing attention to the brave youths who wear them. And the shock value works. Whether we admire or detest the styles, we find ourselves wondering just who those people are, or who they want us to think they are. .
John the Baptist might have fit right in, draped in his distinctive camel skin tatters. An ascetic desert life, with minimal food and clothing, gave John a jarring impact before he spoke a word. But unlike today’s trend-hounds, John’s fashion statement said ‘my mind is not focused on this world. God has given me a greater vision’. People shocked by John’s clothes were also drawn by his spirit, his devotion to God. The sight of John in this week’s gospel gives us pause to ask… what am I wearing today, inside and out? Am I dressed with God’s love and message of salvation?
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A precious guest is coming – now is the time to prepare! It is a season for cleaning, houses and hearts, readying ourselves for the coming Messiah. Blow away the dust of apathy, scrub off the grime of selfish pursuits, shine the bright light of God’s Spirit in every corner, purging the sin and stain away. Make the chambers a welcoming place of warmth and hope, charity and love, forgiveness and unity. Prepare for your King – He is coming soon. Maranatha!