Week of December 7, 2014

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As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;

he will prepare your way.

A voice crying out in the desert:

“Prepare the way of the Lord.

make straight his paths.

The Gospel of Mark sees John the Baptist as the messenger preparing the way of the Lord. He is the “voice” crying out. The “way” John is preparing is not geographical but moral. John challenges his listeners to repentance, conversion and a new way of life.

The reflection below, entitled Lonely Voices, reminds us that John’s is not the only voice challenging us today.

The voice of John the Baptist was a lonely voice

which many of his contemporaries ignored.

There are many lonely voices in our world.

Somewhere at this moment a child is crying –

crying for love or maybe simply for bread.

Somewhere a young person is crying –

crying for a listening ear or an understanding heart.

Somewhere an old person is crying –

crying for a visit or a word from his/her children.

There are a thousand unheard cries in our world,

coming from the victims of injustice and neglect.

Lord, help us to listen to these voices.

Above all, help us to listen to your voice,

whispering to us in the wilderness of our hearts,

telling us that we are to love one another.

Our communal Reconciliation Service is this Wednesday (12/10), at 7:00 p.m. It is one of the ways we can prepare the way of the Lord. Other Reconciliation Services in our deanery are listed below. All services begin at 7:00 p.m.

12/14/14 Presentation – Lee’s Summit

12/18/14 St. Robert – Blue Springs

Monday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses will be at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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