Commentary for Sunday: 12th December

Luke 3, 10-18:


Sunday, 12th December 2021 (3rd  Advent   C).

We are moving forward in the season of Advent and the Word of God today brings us back to John the Baptist. People of all kinds come to ask him what they are to do, how they are to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. He is going to give them very concrete answers. Answers that directly affect their own lives. This is the only way to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire that the Lord brings. With the change of attitude a new time will begin, a time of hope.

But in the world we are living in, is there room for hope? Are we Christians living as signs of hope for others?

If we stop for a moment and look at the world news in the media, we find nothing encouraging. News of wars, violence, injustice, exploitation of minors, migrants, refugees, are the order of the day.

Madness? Hate? Evil? Either way it is the presence of evil in the world.

In the face of all these things, what are we left with, lamentations, cries, powerlessness…?

We need someone with sufficient power and strength to open a horizon of hope in the world! Come, Lord Jesus, is the cry of the Christian during Advent.

But we cannot remain with just a cry to God, our common Father. As Christians we must do something positive, even if it is only a small gesture, in the face of so many situations of injustice.

John the Baptist shows us the way: “Whoever has two coats, let him share them with those who have none; whoever has food, let him do the same. Do not extort money from anyone, and do not take advantage of others”.

By crying out “Come, Lord Jesus”, the Christian is committing themselves to make this presence a reality.

Lord, give us strength to be witnesses of your love in the world and to be able to overcome evil by the power of good.


Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf


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