Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:10-13 – SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT: Saturday, 15 December 2018
Peter had admitted Jesus to be the Messiah. Jesus then told the disciples that both Messiah and disciples would have to suffer. This disconcerted them so deeply that they needed the Transfiguration experience to strengthen their faith. After seeing Moses and Elijah in conversation with the Lord, they realized that the momentous and awaited event of great redeeming significance was about to take place.
For the Lord to come to us in power as Messiah, we need to prepare ourselves. That is the function of our remembrance of John the Baptist. He represents the self-examination that is the critical prelude to a deeply satisfying and redeeming Christmas experience.
Through the liturgy, John the Baptist still calls us to prepare a way in our hearts and lives for the coming of the Lord.
Jakarta, 15 December 2018
A Christian Pilgrim