LET’S ALWAYS THANK JESUS FOR JOHN THE BAPTIST
[2nd WEEK OF ADVENT – SATURDAY, 12 DECEMBER 2015]
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:10-13
Then the disciples asked Him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He was speaking to them of John the Baptist. (Matthew 17:10-13 NAB)
Prayer: Jesus, we thank You for John the Baptizer. Whenever we hear his name, our thoughts are filled with the memory of his courage, his complete dedication in announcing Your coming as the Messiah. Many prophets preceded him, announcing the days when You would appear, but John was the greatest of them all, pointing to the past and to the future. Let us hear his voice and respond to his call: to look for Your coming every day of our lives, to find You in the sharing of the Eucharist, to discover You in all our relationships, to offer You all of our sufferings and work, to live in Your presence with patient trust and perseverance. Jesus, let us always thank You for St. John and give You praise by our imitation of him. Amen.
The prayer is taken from Fr. Killian Speckner OFMConv., THE PRAYERS OF FATHER KILLIAN – A Franciscan Missionary’s Guide to Daily Devotion, Paraclete Press, 1986.
Jakarta, 12 December 2015
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