Reflection for Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

16 December 2021
"Saint John the Baptist", by Leonardo da Vinci, 1513-1516. Image: Wikimedia Commons.


Thursday of the Third Week of Advent 

Year C 


Reading 1: Isaiah 54: 1-10  

Responsorial Psalm: PS 30: 2; 4-6; 11-13  

“I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me”  

Gospel: Luke 7: 24-30 


Luke 7:27 – “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you” 


In today’s Gospel once again the fiery and frightening character of John the Baptist bursts on the scene as the forerunner of Jesus. The opening line is important. Jesus asks the crowds, “What did you go out to the desert to see?” The desert is the place of simplicity and poverty, a place where illusions die, where reality is faced honestly and without compromise.

The Bible frequently employs the desert as the setting for the discovery of bold and simple truths. Advent is, for us, a desert time. It brings us back to the basics. Now what does John say in the desert? “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  That wonderful word, “repent,” implies a change of mind and vision. John is telling his audience (and us) to wake up and be ready to see something. What does he want us to see? The Kingdom, the new order, God’s way of doing things. There is a cleaning and a scouring, a rearranging and a renovation that is going to happen. And we have to be ready for it. 

Pray to make Jesus the centre of our lives today. 


With thanks to Holy Name of Mary Parish, Hunters Hill, who have supplied these daily Advent and Christmas 2021 reflections from their publication Daily Inspirations of Faith: A Season of Prayer – Advent to Epiphany 2021-22. 


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