for Sunday, December 13, 2009
What questions would John the Baptist ask today? Could we construct the
same kind of scene that we have in today's Gospel? The crowds today ask
John the Baptist, What should we do? John the Baptist could say in reply:
Whoever has enough to eat should share with others. Those who have
employment should help those who do not. Stop trying to amass money and
instead share with the poor.
Perhaps John the Baptist would say to politicians—perhaps the most
well-known class of public sinners today—stop lying, seek the good of
others, seek peace and pursue it. Or he might say to the wealthy
corporation executives: be satisfied with what is a just wage and don't
seek to become rich at the expense of others.
The good news that John the Baptist can preach to us is that Jesus Christ
has come but most of us have not yet decided to follow Him seriously. If
we truly desire happiness and a tranquil heart, we need to give our lives
to the following of Jesus.
With the Prophet Zephaniah, we can rejoice in the Lord and rejoice in the
words of this Prophet: The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty
savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love,
he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.
God will rejoice over us when we turn our hearts to Him and try each day
to be faithful to Him and to His teachings. God our Father knows that we
are not perfect and that only with His grace can we respond to His love.
Every day our Father invites us again to trust in Him and to seek His help
so that we can grow in faithfulness and love.
With the Letter to the Philippians we can rejoice that God is near, always
near. There are times when our hearts desire to be entirely with our God.
It is at those times that we rejoice with incredible joy and gladness.
This Sunday is a time when we are invited to experience the joy and
gladness of our God's love for us.
We rejoice because God love us. May God's love for us draw from us a
response of love for Him and for all people. May this time of waiting on
the Lord, this time of Advent, allow God to transform us and give us ever
greater desires to know Him, to serve Him and to rejoice in His love.
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