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Third Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:46: Mary said, "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.... The Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is his name.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, you have done wonderful things for us. You have saved us from sin, you have paid the price for our rebellion, and you have given us the promise of heaven and the Holy Spirit to allow us there. You are greater than we can imagine and your glory is without compare, yet you have bent so low down as to reach us and then raised us back up with you by your grace. We can never fully thank you, for you are more magnificent to us than our words can declare or a thousand years of life could repay. In Infant Jesus holy name we give you all glory and praise. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (December 16, 2012)
Day: Third Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Zep 3:14-18a
Responsorial Psalm: Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Second Reading: Phil 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 3:10-18
Lectionary: 9
Colour: Violet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 3:10-18
10And the multitudes asked him, "What then shall we do?" 11And he answered them, "He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 13And he said to them, "Collect no more than is appointed you." 14Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages." 15As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 16John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." 18So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
John's teachings of "good news" inspired many to believe that God was about to do an unusual things in their midst. They wondered aloud if John himself might be the promised Messiah, the one who would deliver them from their domination. When John evaluated his position with the Messiah, John humbly stated that he considered himself lower than the lowest slave. His task was merely to awaken the interest of his people for God's word, unsettle them from their satisfaction, and arouse in them enough good will to know and receive the Messiah when he came. With John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the reinstatement to the human race of the "divine likeness", prefiguring what would be achieved with and in the Lord Jesus. God's fire both purifies us of sin and it motivates in us a reverent fear of God and of his word. And it increases our wish for sanctity and for the joy of meeting the Lord when he comes again. Do we want to be on fire for God and for the revisit of the Lord Jesus when he comes in his glory? Our baptism in Jesus Christ by water and the Spirit results in a new birth and entrance into God's sovereignty as his beloved sons and daughters. Jesus is ready to give us the fire of his Spirit that we may radiate the happiness of the gospel to a world in desperate need of God's light and truth. The word of God has power to change and change our lives that we may be lights pointing others to Jesus Christ, the exact light of the world. Like John the Baptist, we too are called to give witness to the light and truth of Jesus Christ. Do we point others to Jesus in the way you speak and live? Loving Infant Jesus, let your light burn vibrantly in our heart that we may know the joy and freedom of your kingdom. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and allow us to witness the truth of your gospel and to point others to the light of Christ.


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