By: Anthony Nuccio, Alumnus, Class of 2015
Scripture: Matthew 3: 1-12
The past few weeks have been a challenge to my conscience, person, and construction of faith. In an increasingly polarized and divided society, we are beginning to realize that our divisions cannot be resolved easily and cannot be simply swept under the rug. If we take Jesus’ mission and words for the poor, peacemakers, the persecuted, and other marginalized persons seriously, how do we reconcile with those who seemingly do not?
Though hope seems lost, now is the time for more prophetic witness and guidance. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Crucified Savior, we read the words from John the Baptist: “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Brothers and sisters, in times of great strife, challenge, and difficulty, John the Baptist reminds us that our faithful witness is a challenge because our faith requires us to examine our willingness to take up the cross of discipleship. Now is the time to prepare, to lament, to question, and to doubt. Our work continues in the face of the rising tides of complacency, hatred, and mistrust.
“Advent is the time for rousing. Humanity is shaken to the very depths, so that we may wake up to the truth of ourselves.” – Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ, a German priest imprisoned and executed in 1945.
Creator, as we struggle to find our voice in times of division and doubt, we ask that you make your presence known to us. In our prayers, thoughts, writings, and protest, may you shake us to wake up to the truth of our existence and the continued need for prophetic witness. Amen.