Meditation 12/16/2018

Looking at the Gospel from Luke the Evangelist (Luke 3:10-18), he is sharing the Story of how many people came to John the Baptist for advice. John tells the people to “share their cloaks if they have two, along with any extra food.” To the Tax collectors, he tells them to “stop collecting more then what is prescribed”. To the soldiers, “don’t practice extortion, don’t falsely accuse anyone and be satisfied with your wages”.  John the Baptist is not telling anyone to do anything radically. Just be a kind, hearted person.  The bible is written in a typology style. This means that one story is a prelude to the New Testament. Here John is preparing the road for the coming of the Messiah.  He is directing the people in a renewal to be opened to the words of the Savior. Like the prophets of Old, he is calling for conversion and being open to the living words of God Almighty.

 

John the Baptist answers the people who are thinking and asking themselves if he is the Messiah, the Savior of the world. “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork 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.” He is telling the people he is only man like themselves. He, like them also needs salvation. He is only doing the will of God who sent him. He is telling them that he is “Unworthy to untie his sandals”. The Son of God is so great, that even if he was close to his presence, he is still an unworthy creature to be next to the Creator. The Son of God will send the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49) and they will receive the gift that they will need later to spread his teaching through the world. He will also come to clean house. He will come to destroy the power of the devil and death and he will gather those around him who are worthy and bring with him to paradise. The ones who sin and reject him, he will judge and send to Hell.

 

As we prepare for the coming of Christmas day, let us remember to prepare our heart as John is telling everyone to do. Let us not waste a day on idle things, but in trying to do the work of God in our lives. Our Hearts need to be open to Jesus. We do not know when he will return. We do not know when our time here on earth will end. Let us listen to Mother Mary and the Saint’s advice and always keep our focus towards Christ. When we have Christ centered in our lives. We, with his grace and mercy, overcome the useless things and bring our brothers and sisters back together in the world to worship him.

 

Amen,

 

Aaron JP

 

 

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