clear his threshing floor, and gather the grain into his barn. But the chaff he will burn, with fire that never goes out.” With these, and many other words, John announced the Good News to the people.
Read: Gaudete Sunday. Yahweh delights in His people and jumps for joy. We return the favor with joy in our hearts, and peace descends to our interiors. John baptizes with water; but the one who comes after him baptizes with the fire of the Holy Spirit, the fire of love.
Reflect: The third Sunday of Advent is all about rejoicing. But who rejoices? Whose joy is it? Primarily it is the Lord‘s. It is God who will jump for joy on seeing us, His beloved. He will cry out with joy for us, so says Zephaniah. And when we see the joy of our beloved, the one who delights in us, we cannot but be joyful and rejoice. Our joy is a spontaneous response in gratitude to the discovery of having been loved by a love that we didn't know ever existed.
Pray: You have been loved beyond your understanding. Knowing this, speak to God in words that spontaneously well up in your heart.
Act: Gaze on the crucifix – the symbol of a love that delighted us so much that it embraced death to give us life.
© Copyright Bible Diary 2018