Monday, December 16, 2013

2nd Sunday of Advent (A) - The Call to Repentance

Mt. 3:1-12
December 8, 2013

GOSPEL READING: The Preaching of John the Baptist

In those days, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea [and] saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: “A voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time, Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.

I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

REFLECTION: The Call to Repentance

The call of John the Baptist is always valid and relevant, as he prepares for the appearance of Jesus, the Messiah, and as we prepare for Christmas and the coming of the Lord at the end of time. 

Repentance is not just a feeling, though it is often accompanied by feelings of sorrow and regret. Repentance involves three things: (1) a change of mind a new way of seeing, (2) a change of heart a new direction in life, and (3) a change of behavior a new way of acting. 


We prepare the way of the Lord in our lives and in our society by changing our way of thinking the primacy of money, power, pleasure and popularity in our lives. We must change our attitude "me first, me second, and me always" or "my family first, my family second, and my family always." And we must change our behavior: "Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance." 

We have even better reasons today for repentance. Not only is the kingdom of heaven near; it has come in Jesus Christ. And we have a better motive: not only that God will punish us if we do not change, but that God is so loving and has been so kind that we must change. 

Jesus truly loves us even we are sinners. He condemns our sins but not entirely ourselves because Jesus knows that we can change ourselves for the better and we can solemnly ask for repentance. Advent is the time to repent for our sins and embrace God's kindness. 

ADRIAN L. SAN JUAN is a 24 year-old customer specialist associate in a well-known business process outsource industry. He is currently completing a degree in Human Resource Development Management at the Philippine School of Business Administration.

He loves singing, playing guitar and piano, and dancing. He has been serving the Lord at Sta. Perpetua Parish for 12 years (and counting). He has been a member of a church choir for 4 years.


Advent, Cycle A, OP Youth, Repentance, Conversion, Change

No comments:

Post a Comment