Did you notice the Gospel reading this weekend? John the Baptist has crowds following him and asking for his advice. “What should we do?” In other words, “We like what you’re saying, but now what? How do I make this a part of my life?” Baptism wasn’t enough, something had to change. His answer sounds a lot like some of the acts of mercy we’ve been talking about – feed the hungry, clothe the naked. But then the tax collectors and soldiers ask. John’s answers are so obvious that it’s almost comical. Stop extorting and falsely accusing people, and be satisfied with the wages you have, rather than taking money that isn’t yours. Ya think? It made me wonder, though. How many things are obvious to others that aren’t obvious to us? Sometimes it takes someone pointing it out to for us to even see it. Stop a moment and ask a friend, or better yet, pray about it and ask God to make it clear. What better way to prepare for the birth of our Lord in our hearts? (Luke 3:10-14)
And 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.” (Luke 3:10-14)

About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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