Monday, December 14, 2015

AFTER BAPTISM, WHAT THEN?

A blessed Monday to all of you! Did you have a good weekend that included Mass? We had some wonderful readings and Responsorial Psalm this week. I am praying that you will study and pray over today's entry.  God bless you all++

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
Abbey

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The Gospel:

Luke  3:10-18
The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages. ”Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.
Commentary:

I have an interesting analogy to what John the Baptist was imparting to the crowds!

They all came to be baptized by John the Baptist. Some even asked him if he was the Messiah that had come according to what they learned to anticipate. But he answered, "but one mightier than I is coming, I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals,"

John the Baptist commented on the separation of the crowds. On the left were the soldiers; in the middle a crowd of tax collectors, and on the right were all the other people.

When you are driving down the road and the car in front of you turns on a blinking light, what do you know is going to happen? ..... Right! The car is going to make a turn. But, does the car make the turn all on its own? NO! It turned because the driver turned the wheel and guided the car into the new path.

This is how we are oftentimes. We want to be baptized and then we sit back and do what? WAIT! Wait for something to happen.  The Truth is, you are driving that car which is yours. You may have been baptized, but you are the driver and it is up to you to continue in learning the faith and acting upon it by reading your Bible daily, reciting the Rosary, praying every day, and attending Mass.  It does you no good to just be baptized if you do not get yourself into a routine of practicing your faith! So Jesus and God see that you are baptized; now they sit back and await your next actions. They do not act without your prayers inviting them into your lives.

Jesus Christ, whose birthday is quickly approaching, knows you; he knows all about you, but he is waiting for you to call him, "Jesus, will you please come into my heart and live there and help me to live on the strait and narrow path that you followed to Heaven." Why, Jesus is elated! This is what Jesus and his Father want, action on your part to turn your life around.

This analogy could be described in many ways, but I believe that anyone could read the above and understand. Salvation does not come to you just because you've been baptized. No! You HAVE to LIVE IT, PRACTICE THE FAITH, and change your behavior to one of kindness and gentleness with others.


Philippians 4:4-7
Brothers and Sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! our
kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
God bless each of you in His special way and provide what you need. Amen.




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