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Liturgical day: Sunday 2nd (C) of Advent

Gospel text (Lk 3,1-6): It was the fifteenth year of the rule of the Emperor Tiberius (...), the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah in the desert. John proclaimed a baptism for repentant people to obtain forgiveness of sins It was the fifteenth year of the rule of the Emperor Tiberius; Pontius Pilatus was governor of Judea; Herod ruled over Galilee, his brother Philip ruled over the country of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias over Abilene. Annas and Caiaphas were the High Priests at that time when the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah in the desert. John proclaimed a baptism for repentant people to obtain forgiveness of sins and he went through the whole country bordering the Jordan River. It was just as is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: listen to this voice crying out in the desert: «Prepare the way of the Lord, make his path straight. The valleys will be filled and the mountains and hills made low. Everything crooked will be made straight and the rough paths smooth; and every mortal will see the salvation of God».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Gospel introduces us to John the Baptist. It is important to know the time and place of his activity. Those are the same times and the same places where Jesus, the Messiah, acted. God has become a real man!

-We are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus: it took place in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem, at the same time as John.