Gospel Reflection for December 16, 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday Readings: Zephaniah 3.14-18; Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.10-18
The crowd asks John the Baptist, “What should we do?” Let people with two coats give to people who have none. People who have lots of food should do the same.” – Luke 3.10-11
Crowds are listening to John the Baptist scold his hearers because they come seeking baptism, a sign of a new and changed life, but have made no changes. “Bear fruit worthy of repentance,” he says. The crowds wants specifics. The Baptist tells them to share their belongings and food with those who are without clothes and food. He tells the tax collectors to collect only the money taxes require. John calls them to do justice in their everyday life and work. When people wash in the Jordan, they commit to just living. Baptism expresses this commitment. John teaches that uncleanness is a spiritual rather than a physical condition.
What is your experience of water cleansing and reviving you? What is a way you have marked a turning toward God in your life?