Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Reflection for December 8, Second Sunday of Advent; Matthew 3:1-12

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Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
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My Reflection:
A group of siblings had a bitter dispute about inheritance from their parents. Since there was no last will and testament everyone was trying to outdo each other as to who would get the biggest chunk of wealth. Since there was no settlement it led to filling of cases in court. So the once happy siblings were now angry with each other.

The youngest amongst them had the wisdom to think about the unity of their family. So he humbly told his sibling, let us not quarrel over money and property. He further said that money come and go but family relationship once it’s broken is very hard to build again. Therefore the bitter dispute over money and property was healed by the family’s desire to be unified once again.

In our first reading for today the prophet Isaiah talks about the eventual reign of God. Where there is harmony and no disputes, everyone could peacefully co-exist with each other. The same is true with our second reading from Saint Pau’s letter to the Romans. It calls for unity and harmony with one another and their unifying factor is no other than God. They forget their own selves (Ego, pride and high regard for ones self) and allow the power of God through Jesus to unify them.     

In our gospel John the Baptist is preaching repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand. He specifically addressed this to the Pharisees and Sadducees. John the Baptist wanted them to produce concrete evidence of their repentance by their good deeds. This call to repentance of John is also addressed to us all to make us worthy for the forthcoming birth of Jesus.

Many families and siblings of today are not in harmony with one another there’s no sign of unity whatsoever. This is so for the reason that there is no visible sign of repentance in their hearts. Some are quarrelling over properties, some do not have peace in their family for the reason that they don’t want to admit their mistakes.

This second Sunday of advent let us ponder on this message of unity of our first and second readings. Let us also take courage to repent from all of our sinfulness as what John the Baptist tells us in our gospel.      

This is perhaps the best gift that we could give our family and Jesus this Christmas. … 

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