Having our loins girded, therefore,
with faith and the performance of good works,
let us walk in His paths
by the guidance of the Gospel,
that we may deserve to see Him
who has called us to His kingdom.
From the top of the mountain the sentinel widens the gaze and recognizes that the joyful news of Christmas has a universal destination, for everyone!
Joseph at the same time “considers” and “dreams”: he opens his discernment to the different vision of God, which always gives us new eyes.
Before John makes his testimony, Jesus testifies in favour of the Baptist, purifying the truth of his faith.
In the desert God opens ways of hope; even on dry trunks new life germinates. There is peace between the wolf and the lamb. The kingdom is coming!
Authentic faith, as well as not claiming rewards (as the saying about “useless servants” has revealed) teaches us to give thanks in everything.