Reflection 10th December 2017 

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

Mk. 1: 1-8 ( ) 

Mark’s Gospel tells us how John the Baptist felt the call to remind the people to prepare the way for the Lord. 

Today we too are called to prepare the way and to make known what has been revealed to us through the gift of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.

It brings to my mind a time when our children were small and every Sunday we would head out somewhere for an adventure. We usually would go walking somewhere with a picnic on our back. The children loved to take the paths less open - the ones overshadowed by branches or brambles, not knowing where these paths would end. When the going got tough they would look back to us their parents to give them confidence and reassurance and eventually the path would open into a clearing and there would be shouts of joy as we all came into the new light.

This Gospel reminds me of the gift of faith. We can go through our lives safe in the knowledge that we are never alone, and that we always have the support of the Lord to help us when we are challenged or when fear threatens our trust in his promise.

We are marked with the sign of faith through our baptism and are called to share our love for others in the way we live our lives.

Patricia Sherry – A Spiritan Associate, Patricia is a former member of the St. John of God chaplaincy service.