In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice cries in the wilderness;
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley will be filled in,
every mountain and hill be laid low,
winding ways will be straightened
and rough roads made smooth.
And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.
Tiberius was semi-retired and as his agent there was a certain Sejanus, a cruel and unscrupulous person;
Anna the High Priest was officially retired, but saw to it that he could continue leading through his five children, one of his sons in law and one of his nephews.
Have you ever thought about time when our Founder was called to start the Missionary Society St Paul? What was the environment like within society and the Church in Europe and in Malta?
God is the prime agent of evangelisation;
The evangeliser has to be evangelised himself before he evangelises others.
Can you see these two realities in the life of Joseph De Piro and the foundation of the Missionary Society of St Paul?
Was there any type of desert in the life of the Servant of God?
John travelled from the desert to the Jordan area; where did De Piro’s journey take him?
In what way was De Piro ‘A voice in the wilderness?’
Do you think that De Piro evangelised “the Father’s love-salvation incarnated in Jesus”?