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12/13/15 Third Sunday of Advent - Fr. Reggie

What should we do? That question is at the heart of it all. What should we do?

We’re celebrating the 3rd Sunday of Advent now. We’re watching and waiting for the coming of Christ. And the same question might be in our hearts: What should we do? In the gospel we just read, people came to John the Baptist with exactly that question. What should we do?

You would expect a dramatic answer from John the Baptist. After all, he’s a dramatic character who wears camel’s hair and eats locusts and preaches a tough message.

But his answer to the question “What should we do?” might surprise us.  Share with others. Do your work well.

It all seems so ordinary. But God takes the ordinary, and makes it extraordinary.  There's a striking verse in the first reading today, from the prophet Zephaniah. "The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” Why does God say that about us?

When God the Father looks at us he sees the image of his son, Jesus Christ. We are baptized Christians; we are transformed in Christ; we are children of God. In chapter 5 of the 2nd Letter to the Corinthians St Paul puts it like this: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.”

If this is true, then all our actions take on a new meaning. God looks on us with endless joy; and that means that our actions, however humdrum they may seem, if done out of love are part of that joy. God takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.  

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