Metanoia

An integral part of Luke’s Gospel message is the need for conversion: metanoia, that is, a change of mind to a way of thinking and acting that is divine. The text of this Sunday’s liturgy presents us with this theme. The passage is part of Luke’s presentation of John the Baptist’s preaching in preparation for the mystery of Jesus. John the Baptist proclaims the imminent coming of the day of the Lord. The prophets had proclaimed the coming of this day of wrath and salvation as also the coming of a messenger known as Elijah who would prepare the way before the Lord.

In Chris-tian tradition, John the Baptist is this messenger who prepares for the day of the coming of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah: “Someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am,” (Lk 3:16). John’s ministry takes place at a time of great messianic expectations. “A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people” (Lk 3:15) who ask the Baptist whether he is the Messiah. Later, this question is put to Jesus too (Lk 9:7-9, 18-21) who then reveals His identity in the implicit confirmation of the profession of faith made by Peter. May the Lord help us to prepare the way for the Lord by doing the change that we need in our lives. May we be able to repent and be ready for God's coming.

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