Heralds of Good News

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: We are already one week away from celebrating Christmas, and the Word of God urges us to become true witness of Jesus. When John the Baptist announced the imminent coming of the Messiah, the religious leaders questioned his authority to speak so boldly in God’s name. They asked him, “Who are you?”, and “What do you say about yourself?” They wanted to know if he was really sent by God. Did he claim to be the Messiah, or one of the great prophets who was expected to return and announce the Messiah’s arrival? John had no doubt and no mistaken identity about his call and mission. In all humility and sincerity, he said he was only a voice calling people to get ready for the arrival of the greatest Ruler of all, God’s anointed King and Messiah. As we read in the scriptures, he is the last of the Old Testament prophets who points the way to the Messiah. He is the first of the New Testament witnesses and martyrs. He is the herald who prepares the way for Jesus, and who announces his mission to the people as we read in last weeks’ gospel, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. John saw from a distance what the Messiah would come to accomplish – our redemption from slavery to sin, and our adoption as sons and daughters of God. As we approach this Feast of Christmas, let us be heralds of the good news, and witness to his gospel, particularly when we greet people during the Christmas Season.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

 

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As of today, we have 35 forms received. Thanks to those who are participating, and also a reminder to others to pray and consider joining this new initiative. I would request you to do it before end of the year 2017

 

 

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