The Third Sunday of Advent
3 Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 3:10-18
The crowds asked John the Baptist, "What should we do?" He said to them in reply, "Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He answered them, "Stop collecting more than what is prescribed." Soldiers also asked him, "And what is it that we should do?" He told them, "Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages."
Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, "I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.
During this third week of Advent, we are reminded of accepting others and preparing for Christ. John the Baptist taught us acceptance through his kindness towards the soldiers and the tax collectors. These groups were treated as outcasts by the Jewish community, but John welcomed them with open arms. His willingness to baptize all groups of people despite their reputation, is a reminder of God's love for all. John the Baptist used Baptism as a way to prepare for Jesus' coming, just as we must prepare for him in this season of Advent. Many people think getting ready for Christ means putting up the tree and hanging their stockings but true preparation is about preparing our hearts for Him. So as this Advent season comes to a close, remember to keep Christ in Christmas! By Two Molloy Students - Elise Werner '17 and Katie Brennan '17
Saint of the Day: Saint Lucy
St. Lucy (283-304) was born in Syracuse, Sicily, where she also died. She was of a noble Greek family, and was brought up as a Christian by her mother, who was miraculously cured at the shrine of St. Agatha in Catania. Lucy made a vow of virginity and distributed her wealth to the poor. This generosity stirred the wrath of the unworthy youth to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed and who denounced her to Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. When it was decided to violate her virginity in a place of shame, Lucy, with the help of the Holy Spirit, stood immovable. A fire was then built around her, but again God protected her. She was finally put to death by the sword. Her name appears in the second list in the Canon.
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Call of the Disciples, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.