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Utopia and the Gifts of the Spirit - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Is perfection on earth possible? People through the years have dreamt of such a place... a place often named "Utopia." Ironically, the name Utopia literally means "no place." Our 1st reading this weekend seems to speak of the Messiah ushering in an era very similar to Utopia; however, 2000 years later, we know that Jesus never promises Utopia here on earth. We do know; however, that the same Spirit with which He baptizes, the Holy Spirit of fire, is given to us at each of our own baptisms. We receive these gifts to help us in our calling to follow in the footsteps as prophets; one of our own baptismal callings.