It doesn’t seem, in reading the scriptures, that John the Baptist got a lot of direction for what he was supposed to do with his life. When the Messiah came, John wasn’t even sure if Jesus was the right one. Even his preaching was not earth shaking. He told people to be good to their neighbors. He told tax collectors to be fair. He told soldiers to do their job justly. Nothing dramatic in that.
John may have felt that his life was quite unremarkable. Yet this is the person of whom Jesus said: “I tell you, there is no one born of woman greater than John.” That’s an amazing complement for John and his preaching.
I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life when I’m not sure I’m making a difference. There are times when I feel that people are just not interested in what I am trying to tell them. So, like John the Baptist, I just do the best I can and do what I believe to be right, and leave it all up to God.
There a story of a singer who at the end of her show asked everyone to sing with her “Oh come all ye faithful” even though it was not Christmastime. By the time the song was over, and the crowd’s attention was pulled back to the stage, the singer was gone. She didn’t wait for the applause ! It has to be the same way with us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.