December 27, 2020, Matthew 3:1-12, ISSL Reflections, Post 1

I.
We come this week to a man the Gospel presents as called into the wilderness so that he might call others to ….

Please read these words from the Gospel of Matthew and pay attention to John. Look at him. Listen to him. What do you see … and hear?

II.
Matthew 3:1-12

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

III.
What is his call, his message, to those who come to hear him?

Repentance?


The coming Messiah?

Judgement?

A life that bears “fruit”?

What you can “trust” in?

All these seem to be at least part of what he is calling his audience to. What more do you see?

How would you name or describe the core of his call to others?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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