Advent season comes to an end. All the four candles on the advent wreath are finally lit. In today’s Gospel story, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel and addressed her as “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you.”
John the Baptist was introduced in the gospels as the second cousin of our Lord, as a great figure, a messenger, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. His life also spoke a much greater message. His simplicity in lifestyle and fearlessness in preparing the path for the coming of God’s kingdom. John was part of the good news through faithfulness to his mission.