December 12, 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent - C


What Should We Do?

The Gospel for this 3rd Sunday of Advent continues with the preaching of John the Baptist in Luke that we began last week.

John's proclamation that “all flesh shall see the salvation of our God” and the invitation to prepare the way of the Lord had drawn people to him. In response to John's preaching, they asked, “What should we do?”

His response is two-fold. First, everybody only needs to do what is proper to their state of life and their responsibility. This is true even to those whose jobs were considered immoral or less than noble at the time. Tax collectors and soldiers were then agents of an illegitimate government. Yet, they also could do what was just.

Second, John calls all to share with others. “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”

In this way, John prepared the way for the One who is mightier than he, who comes to build a Kingdom of justice, peace, mercy and love.

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