December 11, 2005
3rd Sunday Advent

"Who are you?"

     Are You Messiah, or Elijah, or a prophet?
     No, I am not.
     Then by what right do you dare preach to us?
     I preach the truths that were revealed to me.  I want people to be terrified by what terrifies me, to be enchanted by what enchants me.  I warn them against what seems threatening to me, I persuade them to do what I am convinced is right, I stir up hope which is still burning within me.
     I am the voice of one crying out in the desert.  I don't know if anyone can hear me, or understand me or accept me.  I don't know who will become indignant, who will become terrified, who will become enraptured and who will ridicule me.
     I am crying out.  Woe unto me if I remain silent.

        Fr. M.M.