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Advent - John the Baptist

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A Reflection by Fr. Robert Maloney, CM

A Reflection by Fr. Robert Maloney, CM

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  • 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: 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  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 Baptist’s 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, John’s 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
  • 12. For the full text of this letter and Fr. Maloney’s other writings visit the Vincentian Encyclopedia Adapted from text by Gail Rieth, RSM c. 2006