Third Sunday of Advent Year C

PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
Zephaniah 3:14-18 | Philippians 4:4-7 | Luke 3:10-18

THEME: IT IS GOOD NEWS: THE LORD IS AT HAND AND HE HAS TAKEN AWAY JUDGMENTS AGAINST US. SO, HAVE NO FEAR ABOUT ANYTHING BUT REJOICE ALWAYS

In our Gospel message today, St.  Luke highlights the Good News as preached by John the Baptist the forerunner of Christ. John preached transformation, something that requires some change and conversion. His audience being touched by his message were asking him, “What then shall we do?” What should we do to be transformed people? This question points to the beginning of the process of conversion or change in the hearts of the people in John’s audience.

The message of our Advent Season, which prepares us to celebrate the Birth of Christ, must provoke the same reaction in our Christian life: “What then shall we do?” What are we supposed to do in Advent to prepare for Christmas?  What must we do to be transformed in order to deserve the name ‘Christians’ or to deserve the presence of God in our lives?  For Christmas means – God is with us – Emmanuel!

Our preparations should lead us to that joyous sentiment that the LORD is at hand and that He is taking away judgements against us, an action which removes fear from our lives and evokes joy.  So, our Second Reading proclaims that joy, which we find in the presence of Christ in our lives:

“Brethren: Rejoice in the LORD always, again I will say, Rejoice.” Let our Christian way of life manifest a difference.  John the Baptist says, “Let him who has two coats, share with him, who has none; and he who has food share with him who has nothing. Let those who work in Public Office not cheat and extort more money from the people they serve, beyond what they are expected to contribute.  Rob no one by violence or by false accusation and be content with your wages.”

With such charitable activities and genuine transactions, a Christian makes a difference in communities and families and countries where he/ she lives and fear and anxiety are removed from people’s hearts and we gain confidence to pray to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep our hearts and our minds peaceful in Christ Jesus as we celebrate Christmas.

So, as we look forward to the celebration of the Birth of Christ, the presence of God in our lives – The Emmanuel – God with us, let us rejoice, the LORD God has cancelled the judgements against us and He has cast our enemies, we shall fear evil no more.

Do not Fear or let your hands be feeble or weak, the LORD your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory.  He has renewed His Love in us.

This is what Advent is supposed to do to us especially as we come close to Christmas – To be courageous, to be hopeful people, to be happy people, to be loving people and to be peaceful in our inner lives and when we relate with others: This is the foundation of a Rejoicing person – “Brethren, Rejoice always in the LORD, again I will say REJOICE.

Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala