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Third Sunday of Advent (C)

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Gospel text (Lk 3:10-18): The people asked John, “What then should we do?” The people asked John, “What then should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two tunics 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.”

Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan 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.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we are very close to Christmas. And we also ask ourselves the same question: what must we do? The Baptist asked people to act righteously. This means that we have to fulfill our commitments and our duties: to study, to arrive at the time, to lend the things, to avoid discussions, to not be whimsical and to settle ourselves with what is for us, to collaborate at home without need to be told to do so again and again...

- For the Virgin Mary, the birthplace of Jesus was not comfortable. But St. Joseph helped her a lot. And you?