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Prepare the Way of the Lord

12-09-2018We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 43, No. 3

We are given Advent each year as a time to prepare. But the readings today remind us that it is also a time of hope and promise. Listen to the first reading: “Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory” (Baruch 5:1). Between this sentence and the next, Baruch used “glory” and “splendor” five times. He imagines looking over Jerusalem and seeing mountains laid low, deserts populated with trees, and the faithful streaming in. The start of John the Baptist’s ministry echoes a similar trek: the Exodus from Egypt. John went into the desert where the word of God came to him. Leaving the desert, he crossed over the Jordan River. Crossing over from slavery to freedom in the Exodus was a sign of God’s providence. Crossing over from sin to forgiveness through repentance became a sign of John’s baptism. Advent is the time to prepare. Heed Isaiah’s words, John’s words: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” (Luke 3:4). Let us answer this call, so that with God’s grace we can cross over from desolation to salvation.

How can you make straight the paths for Jesus’ coming?

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 10 - Dec 12

Join us for the different events including a presentation of the symbols of the Virgin's shawl, Mass, and Procession.

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Called by Name Retreat

Dec 15 - Dec 16

San Pedro Center, Winter Park

Young Adult Men 18+ (Discerning the Priesthood)

Discerners can RSVP to DDinh@orlandodiocese.org by Dec 10.

Youth Ministry Christmas Party

Dec 16 6:00pm

in the Teen Room.

Hope Community Center's Christmas Toy Sale

Dec 16 - Dec 17

Items may be dropped off until Dec 15 at our storage location at St. Francis of Assisi, Apopka.

For more information, contact Nilka Meléndez al 407-880-4673, ext. 241.

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