Sunday, December 9

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.  John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice of one crying out in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.

The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”


  • What part of this passage draws your attention?
  • Quiet yourself inside and ask God what He wants you to know relative to this passage.
  • Carry God’s message in your heart today.


Heritage word—“Two thousand years later as we understand more clearly the whole plan of Salvation History, we have two thousand more reasons to be astonished and motivated to pass on the Good News of the Messiah’s coming, the hope-filled reality that He has come and He continues to make a difference.”

(Sister Joan Marie, 9thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

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