December 14, 2012

3rd Sunday of Advent - B

Luke 3: 10-18

"What then Should We Do?"

Remember how last week’s Gospel passage ended? John the Baptist announced that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (3:6)

We skipped a few verses here, but it’s still in the same context when first John calls people to change their lives. In response, they ask him, and we begin today’s passage, “What then should we do?”

John instructs people to live God’s way in their own lives, not in some foreign ways of existence. They are to take care of those who are less fortunate. And they are to do what they are supposed to do as their life circumstances present to them.

Most interestingly, John does not tell the tax collectors and the soldiers to quit. These tax collectors and soldiers were not even working for a legitimate government. In fact, they were assisting the Romans in their occupation of Palestine. Yet, they can still be just.

So, how can I be just in my very circumstances of life so I can live and bring about that reality where “all flesh shall see the salvation of God”?

What is John saying to me?

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