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GOSPEL REFLECTIONS 14TH DECEMBER

SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE Gospels

John 1:6-8, 19-28
John the Baptist came to bear witness to Jesus. Who have been the people who have borne witness to you of the good news of the gospel that God loves you - a friend, a parent, a teacher, etc.? To whom have you borne that witness?

2 John appears in the story as one who had the courage to be himself in the face of loud and aggressive people. He was also a person who knew his own value, did not make exaggerated claims and was content with his mission. Can you recall times when you have been able to be yourself, even in the face of criticism from others?

3 John was 'the voice of one crying out in the wilderness' - announcing confidently to those in the wilderness that they must not despair because God's grace may come to them at any moment. Have you had the experience of being in the wilderness, feeling lost? From whom did you hear a voice that gave you hope? Have you been able to give hope to other people when they were in the wilderness?

John Byrne OSA Email john@orlagh.ie

MUSINGS
Our Second Reading today prays 'may God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through'. What does it mean to be 'sanctified', to be 'made holy'? We suffer today from some very skewed ideas about those who are 'holy': the caricature is of people who are otherworldly, excessively serious, and who suffer from bouts of 'holier-than-thou-ism'. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. To be holy is to be 'whole', 'well--rounded', exuberant with life ('rejoice always'). And, most importantly, to have hearts full of gratitude ('give thanks in all circumstances'). In the words of Ronald Rolheiser, 'the holiest person you know is the most grateful person you know'.

Salvador Ryan St Patrick': College, Maynooth 

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