Third Sunday of Advent
Sermon and Homily
What Should I do?
There are some fundamental questions, rise within us. Those fundamental questions are always leading us towards open paths.
In other words if we want to an open path foe me in my life, I must come to a stage to ask those fundamental questions.
What should I do?
Where am I going?
What is the purpose of my life?
What is the ultimate goal of my life?
How to act?
In the Gospel passage, whoever met Jesus, they met him with one of those fundamental questions. What should I do to inherit eternal life? This was the ultimate question of the rich man when he met Jesus.
We must not neglect when those questions are arise within ourselves that we are closer to the gate of the spiritual path.
In today’s Gospel passage, after the preaching of John the Baptist people have come to a level where they asked themselves with the same question what should we do to follow the spiritual path?.
Some quotes to think
What Should I Do with My Life? Quotes (showing 1-6 of 6)
“But I’d rather help than watch. I’d rather have a heart than a mind. I’d rather expose too much than too little. I’d rather say hello to strangers than be afraid of them. I would rather know all this about myself than have more money than I need. I’d rather have something to love than a way to impress you.”
― Po Bronson,
“I used to want to change the world. Now I’m open to letting it change me.”
― Po Bronson,
“I learned that it was in hard times that people usually changed the course of their life; in good times, they frequently only talked about change. Hard times forced them to overcome the doubts that normally gave them pause.It surprised me how often we hold ourselves back until we have no choice.”
― Po Bronson
“It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. Most people make mistakes. Most people have to learn the hardest lessons more than once.”
― Po Bronson
Eagle or Seashell?
After creating the earth God started to design creatures.
At first he created the Seashell.
The Seashell had quite a boring life: The shell opens, water runs through; the shell closes. Open, close, open close… all day long.
Next God created the Eagle.
The Eagle had the freedom to fly over oceans and land and he had the ability to reach even the highest mountains. For the Eagle there were almost no limits – but for this freedom he had to pay a price! Day in and day out he had to fight for prey to feed himself and his offspring. It was not easy – however he was happy to pay this price.
Finally God created Man. He showed him the Seashell and then the Eagle and asked him to decide which life he wants to live.
- After an old Indian creation myth
Even today we face the same big choice:
Do you want the life of the Seashell or do you choose the life of the Eagle?
What should we do? An Jesus answered:
Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.” Luke 3:14
Luke 3:10 ”What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” John 6:28
John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
If we notice the structure of today’s Gospel passage, we could see that among the people there was a mode of anticipation of the new age, and a wonderment. They, in fact, had many reason to think John himself Messiah, his remarkable austerity, which struck the imagination, the suddenness of his appearance in the wilderness, and his mighty voice, which jolted them from the listlessness.
But Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is one of the marks of being a faithful Christians. If we really believe that the Good news is really is a good news, we must be people of joy. As important for us as trying to bring more good into the world is our duty to recognize and be joyous over the good that is here.
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”