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Title: Advent John the Baptist


1
Advent John the Baptist
  • A Reflection by Robert P. Maloney, C.M.

2
  • A rich cast of Advent characters appears on the
    gospel stage.
  • In this presentation we focus on John the
    Baptist.

3
  • Jesus called John a brightly shining light and
    declares that he was the greatest person history
    had ever seen.

4
  • John focused his whole life on the coming of
    Jesus - the Advent secret.
  • He realized that his all-consuming vocation was
    to prepare the way of the Lord.

5
  • As Vincentians we dedicate our whole lives to
    following Christ the Evangelizer of the poor.

6
  • We seek to imitate his five missionary virtues
  • Simplicity
  • Humility
  • Meekness
  • Mortification
  • Zeal

7
  • Do we meditate on the person of Jesus daily?
  • Do we see him in the starving people, the street
    people, the victims of violence in our world?

8
  • John the Baptists life makes it very clear that
    the following of Christ involves a demanding
    asceticism. He knew how to speak the truth even
    when it cost dearly.

9
St. John the Baptist With the Scribes and
Pharisees by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, c. 1665
10
  • John the Baptist makes it very clear that we will
    live genuinely for Christ only if we are willing
    to die for him.

11
  • For us, Johns asceticism might be
  • Rising early to praise God
  • Employing moderation and a critical sense in
    using television and other media
  • Withholding divisive words and negative criticism
  • Working hard for the poor

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For the full text of this letter and Fr.
Maloneys other writings visit the Vincentian
Encyclopedia
Adapted from text by Gail Rieth, RSM c. 2006
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