“Go and Proclaim: Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight”

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85:1-9

Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:1-8

Homily by Fr. Heinrich Ruiz

In this Sunday’s Homily at the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael, Kalibo, Aklan, Fr. Heinrich reminds us to prepare our hearts for the Lord’s coming. It is necessary for us to prepare so that our hearts are ready to receive Him. This echoes the importance of preparation in our daily lives, whether it be for work, school, or service to the Lord.

The Gospel recounts Saint John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Given that Christianity was just starting at that time, He faced a challenging task because the majority of the people were unaware of who our Savior was and how He would come into this world.

Preparation is a process of actions that we ought to do for us to do things orderly. We study, plan, and rehearse for something that we do. Therefore, we also must make the necessary preparations needed in the second coming of our King. Fr. Heinrich introduced the acronym LTO – Listen, Trust, and Obey – as essential elements of this preparation. These qualities mirror the identity of Christ. Listening, trusting, and obeying what He says enables us to hear His guidance on the things that we do. When God guides, He provides. Practice daily what the Word of God says for it will help us to reflect God’s character in our lives.

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