December 4, 2016
(2nd Sunday Advent, A)
John the Baptist said, “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.” Mt_3:1-12
We must be sure that we are always bearing good fruit!
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Is_11:1-10
On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious. ibid
Out of death, new life can spring up. For us that new life is named Jesus: a sprout from the stump. A sprout that the Gentiles sought! Now it’s our turn, beloved. As John the Baptist preaches, turn away from sin and sprout anew. Jesus is here to help us. Count on Him and those gifts of the Holy Spirit that we also received in our Baptism and Confirmation!
And His dwelling in us WILL be glorious!
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