Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 29 November 2015

Weekly Reflection

"A voice cries in the wilderness; Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight."

Luke 3:1-6

In this Second Week of Advent, the Candles of Hope and Peace will be lighted.

John the Baptist was considered by Jesus to be the greatest among the prophets and the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. He was a transitional figure inaugurating the period of the Fulfillment of the Prophecy (the Patriarchs and the Prophets) and Promise (Jesus).

John called his people to repent for their sins, something which is still very much relevant in our lives today. We are all called to be sorry for our sins but the word ‘sin’ is considered to be a taboo in our modern society. 'Sin' becomes a matter of perspective, subjective to which side of perspective you are inclined towards to. But in the Catholic Church, the subject of sin is very much defined in CCC 1849 - Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as "an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law." In other words, sin is the absence of God's love.

If you are struggling with sin, listen to the still, small voice of God from among the many loud voices that are trying to attract our attention. This voice is filled with encouragement, hope and love. Only God’s voice can bring us down the correct path.