“God comes to each of us at a certain moment in history and nothing is ever the same.” These are the words by Sr. Mary Ellen Green, OP, on her podcast “Rooted in History” for the Second Sunday of Advent (listen to the full podcast). She skillfully took the Gospel reading which begins, “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius” and fast forwarded it to 2015 “in the eighth year of the Presidency of Barack Obama.” Her message was that in that moment of history, John the Baptist was fulfilling the Prophet Isaiah as “the voice of one crying in the desert.” And similarly today, we are confronted, at this historical moment, by the word of God. She asks the question: “is now the moment for us to cry out for the suffering world and prepare the way of the Lord?”
This Advent is an especially significant time as the Year of Mercy begins. Dominican Associates and Sisters are called to seriously study and be informed about current world issues, to fast and pray for the loving but persistent ways as individuals that we can bring peace by living God’s word. John went to the desert and people followed because he caught the public imagination of the deeper meaning of God’s word. Are we too called to find our desert and cry out, calling others to join us in determining peaceful ways to manage our turbulent world and prepare the way for the mercy of God?