Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion The feast of Christ­mas is just at the corner. This Sunday Gos­pel read­ing under­lines the joy that will accom­pany the memori­al of the birth of the Mes­si­ah. Mary’s vis­it to Eliza­beth is an indic­a­tion that God main­tains his prom­ises. The moth­er of the Mes­si­ah, with the Immanu’el (God with us) in her womb, vis­its the moth­er of the fore­run­ner of the Mes­si­ah, with the fore­run­ner still in her womb. We can ima­gine the joy of the meet­ing of the moth­ers of these two great…

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Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion After his invit­a­tion to the way for the Lord by mak­ing His paths straight, filling in every val­ley and lay­ing down every moun­tain, John goes on to explain the prac­tic­al mean­ings of such invit­a­tion. To every group that inter­rog­ated him after listen­ing to his words in 3:7–9, and on what to do and on how to pre­pare the way of the Lord, John gave a con­crete answer. In oth­er words, This Sunday Gos­pel read­ing con­tin­ues last Sunday’s mes­sage on the iden­tity of John the…

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Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion If a per­son is expect­ing someone in his/her house, then, that per­son must ensure his/her house is in order. Since Chris­ti­ans cel­eb­rate the memori­al of the birth of Jesus the saviour on the Christ­mas day, the peri­od of advent offers them the oppor­tun­ity of mak­ing adequate pre­par­a­tions to wel­come the saviour. We must make keep our mater­i­al and spir­itu­al homes neat. What Luke does at the begin­ning of his Gos­pel is quite inter­est­ing. For him, the Gos­pel is a mes­sage of sal­va­tion, hence, those…

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