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"A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!"​

Isaiah 40:3
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

We listen to so many voices during the course of a day.
The voices of political pundits roar through the networks. Motivational speakers fill stadiums with their formulas for a richer life. And then there is the TV competition, "The Voice", which catapults the latest pop singers to stardom.

But one voice echoes through the ages, one voice is eternal. It is the voice piercing hearts through the dark days of this existence to announce the greatest news humanity has ever heard or will ever hear.

John the Baptist was the voice proclaiming Jesus as Messiah. Preaching in the Desert of Judea, he burst on the scene, requiring his hearers to do a 180 degree turnaround and follow God's way—to stop lying, cheating, gossiping, taking revenge and so on. He declared with absolute certainty that the King for whom we are to prepare a highway had arrived! The seeds of God's reign blossomed forth when God became human, an innocent child, a suffering Servant. He reigns in our hearts today. He will come again as judge and king.

God keeps His promises; even when we suffer the consequences of our errors, God's love shines through. The 40th chapter of the Book of Isaiah begins with "Comfort, give comfort to my people". Let us bring that comfort to others.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday of Advent​

O God, who chose so many people to speak for You down the ages, Your infinite goodness is clearly manifest in Your patience with us. We folks have not shone like the stars above in our response to those prophets and seers, teachers and neighbors whose lives You have inspired through Jesus' life and death and resurrection. We ask You to let us walk again the true path of life and of self-sacrifice and of humble caring for one another as we allow His Spirit to motivate and energize us for a good new year ahead.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, we are all called to be John the Baptists, to remove the obstacles in the way of God's love. What better way to partake of this Advent season than to shout the Good News from the rooftops? Amidst the trials and sufferings of this life, we can be the compass pointing to the only valid destination of our trust and faith, the total unconditional love of our incarnate God.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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