Cycle A Third Sunday of Advent

The prophet tells us to, “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!” Do we Support and affirm our brothers and sisters in Christ to persevere even when the world seems to want us destroyed? How many Christians are persecuted in our world for their faith? How many in our own country are persecuted for striving to live the Life of a true Christian? Do we support those struggling to live their faith? Here the prophet reminds us it is not just “me and God” it is “us and God”. We are responsible to provide support for our brothers and sisters, encouraging them on the way.
To this end James reminds us to be patient. We must make our hearts firm and support the weak hearts of our neighbors. Do we do the good without complaining?
John heard of Jesus and sent his disciples to check out Jesus. Jesus responded that his works speak for themselves. How many people are attracted only to those who appear successful? John would have attracted many, until he became a political liability. Even as a liability he continued to proclaim the truth. Many in our culture are attracted to those who are successful, rich, and seemingly powerful in the eyes of the world. Do we allow ourselves to be blinded by the worldly success of others?

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: