December 3, 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent - A



Matthew indicates that “At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to” listen to John the Baptist.

A careful look at the map of the region suggests that the people who listen to John were both Jews and Gentiles.  In fact, Matthew seems to imply that even the Samaritans [1] went to John to be baptized.

John goes on further saying, “God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”

It cannot be more inclusive than that.

The Kingdom of God is open to all. 

John invites everybody to live that reality of God’s Kingdom.

Do I share God’s invitation with the same generosity?  Or do I keep certain people out because of my prejudices?


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