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The Gospel According to Luke 3:10-18
The crowds, who were gathering to be baptised by John asked him,
“What should we do?” In reply John said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats of false accusation, and be satisfied with you wages.” And as the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” So, with many other exhortations, John proclaimed the good news to the people. ”

Sunday December 16, 2018.

The Gospel According to Luke 3:10-18


Here is a passage of the Gospel which may seem quite proper for the season of Advent, the time preceding the coming of our Holy Savior. However, I also see it as a summary of how we Christians, followers of Christ, must be people of compassion and kindness.

While it is true that Advent prepares us to Jesus’ birthday and his coming at the end of time, it is also true that this time of the year is associated with conversion, i.e. to the radical change of our values, our attitudes and our lifestyle, because even if faith dwells in us, our openness to others, as followers of Jesus of Nazareth, remains our common ground.. That is, we are bound by the One who will soon be born in the hearts of us all.

To convert may still seem easy. John only called for simple and concrete things. But let us try… and we will see that changing our lives is very difficult. In order to reach that point, it takes an act of God as well as a human act. To describe the action of God, John the Baptist used three images: diving, wind and fire. The Spirit of God wants to push us around like a wind storm in which we are immersed, like a fire that burns and strips all of our tasks. This is what the sacrament of penance offers at Christmas. We have the opportunity to experience it before the holidays. May it lead us forward on the road to true happiness, on the path to peace of heart.

Today, listen to His word that exhorts us to share our goods, and to respect justice and dignity for all. Let us prepare ourselves to receive the One coming to save us and will return to “judge the living and the dead.”

Happy Advent to all!

A Sister of Providence