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Strange blessings never in paradise . . .' Sunday Reflections, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B

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    St John the Baptist Donatello [ Web Gallery of Art ] Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland) Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Gospel   John 1:6-8, 19-28 ( English Standard Version Anglicised: India) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.   He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.   He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”   He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”   And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”   So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”   He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the

'Strange blessings never in Paradise.' Sunday Reflections, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B

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St John the Baptist, Donatello [ Web Gallery of Art ] Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel John 1:6-8, 19-28 ( NRSV, Catholic Ed .) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord”’, as