Reflecting on Luke 3: 10-18
“What should we do?” asked the crowd that followed John into the wilderness. He looked at each one and told them what particular thing was keeping them from the fulfilling the Law in their own lives. “Stop cheating.” “Stop extorting.” “Stop hoarding what you’ve got.”
Hmm. I wonder what he would say to us. Imagine the Baptizer encountering us, leveling his refiner’s fire at us. I suspect we would hear things like, “Stop being anxious. Your heavenly Father knows what you need.” Or, “Stop working so hard to provide things. Your family needs YOU more than things.”
Or maybe, “Stop secretly harboring grudges. Your resentments have grown tiresome. Others have overcome far worse injustices than you have. Forgive, and move on. Or is it possible that being wounded makes you happier than being healed?”
Here’s an Advent assignment: imagine John the Baptist looking into your heart. What would he tell YOU to do? And here’s the hard part: could you do it? Today’s third candle (pink for hope) promises that you could.
What changes are you making for the Year of Mercy?