Luke 3:1-6 Reflection – Crying out in the Wilderness

Reflection on Luke 3:1-6 ~

If we pursue an interior life we will hear the same voice the John the Baptist did.  In order for John to be crying out in the wilderness, he had to be prepared spiritually. Without our own path being straightened, our low and highs leveled out, and our rough edges smoothed there is no way to adequately shout out to others that the Lord is present.  A sign that we are being prepared is an awareness of interior and exterior forces that do not want us to succeed.

The Voice in the Desert James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumSaint John the Baptist and the Pharisees, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Advent Reflections

Luke 3 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around 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,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 3:1-6.