The Second World War lasted for about 6 years. It shattered the peace, joy and hope of millions. Soldiers began to experience the futility of war and longed for a dawn of peace. But peace seemed an utopia. A blood chilling night of December 24. German soldiers hid themselves in the cold bunkers watching for the movement of the enemy, the English soldiers who occupied the opposite dark bunkers.
The foundation to establish peace is submission to the will of God..
Repeated prophecies about the coming of a Messiah abounds in the sacred writings. But these prophesies were shrouded in obscurity. A clear picture of the Messiah is given in about 700BC by prophet Mica. We listened to his description in the First reading.
Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:1-7; Lk 3:10-18
Love for our neighbour turns us into precious grain for the Lord
In today's Gospel John the Baptist tells his listeners that "His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out."
Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6
In 539 BC the streets of Babylon echoed with a great declaration from Cyrus, the king of Persia. It announced freedom to Jews, allowing Jews to return home. In 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed the Kingdom of Judah and took away the Jews to Babylon as captives.