Lifelong CatechesisForming Catholic identity across generations
The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.
Theme: John baptized with water, but the Messiah will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Breaking Open the Word
Suggested text for faith sharing: Today’s Gospel
Step One: Listen to the Word
As you hear this reading, what words or phrases strike you? What in this reading touches your heart? What lingers in your memory?
Step Two: Look into Your Life
Question for Children: Why is it so important to keep promises which you have made?
Question for Youth: What do you remember from stories about your Baptism? What does your Baptism mean to you now?
Question for Adults: How can you live the promise of your Baptism each day?