Reflection: 16th December 2018

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent

LK 3:10-18 (  )

Advent is a time of expecting and getting ready.  We are challenged to be converted. Like the people in the gospel today, we wonder what we must do.           

Jesus comes to us in three different ways.

Firstly, he came as a baby to be our Saviour. He is the long-awaited Messiah. All the prophets spoke about him. It would be a time of joy and salvation. Yet, when he came, they did not welcome him. John was his witness to prepare for his coming and to convert the people to a better way of living. They did not listen to John, and he was killed.

Jesus will come in another, perhaps unexpected, way when he comes as our judge on our death. We hope that we will be ready. We hope that he will say, “Come you blessed into the kingdom prepared for you” for “I was hungry, and you gave me to eat, naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, a stranger and you welcomed me” and so on.

Now is the time to be ready. Now is a time to reflect on our life-style and be converted to a better way of living. This is what John told the people.

A third way that Jesus comes is in the daily events and especially in the Eucharist. He came in our baptism and gave us his Spirit. Each day his presence is in our lives and his Spirit guides us. We live in a world where the values of Christ are forgotten. We are challenged to give witness by our lives ‘like a voice in the wilderness’ as John was called.

We can imagine what John would say in the world of today.

The Eucharist is the special way that Christ is with us. Here in Africa Sunday is a marvellous day of celebration, of singing and dancing. The risen Lord is with us each Sunday. We must be ready and should long for his coming and stay close to him during the week in prayer.

Michael McMahon C.S.Sp. – Ordained in 1966, Fr. Michael taught in Dublin before moving to Kenya in the early 1970s.  Continuing his ministry in the education area, he is currently part of the formation team which works with Spiritan seminarians in the capital city, Nairobi.