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Sunday, December 13th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 3:10-18.


Third Sunday of Advent – Year C

13 December 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.

He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 3:10-18.

And the crowds asked John the Baptist, “What then 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 Messiah.
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.

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SUNDAY MASS – Catholic Mass – December 13, 2015

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Third Sunday of Advent – Year C

13 December 2015

Commentary of the day

Origen (c.185-253),

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Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian
Homilies on Saint Luke’s Gospel, 26, 3-5; SC 87 (©Friends of Henry Ashworth alt.)

« His winnowing fan is in his hand »

The baptism that Jesus gives is a baptism “in the Holy Spirit and in fire” If you are holy, you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit; if you are a sinner, you will be immersed in fire. The same baptism will become condemnation and fire to unworthy sinners, but the saints, those who convert to the Lord with wholehearted faith, will receive the grace of the Holy Spirit and salvation.

He who is portrayed as baptizing in the Holy Spirit and in fire holds a winnowing fan in his hand, which he will use to clear his threshing floor. The wheat he will gather into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with fire that can never be quenched. I should like to discover our Lord’s reason for holding a winnowing fan and to inquire into the nature of the wind that scatters the light chaff here and there, leaving the heavier grain lying in a heap—for you must have a wind it you want to separate wheat and chaff.

I suggest that the faithful are like a heap of unsifted grain, and that the wind represents the temptations which assail them and show up the wheat and the chaff among them. When your soul is overcome by some temptation, it is not the temptation that turns you into chaff. No, you were chaff already, that is to say fickle and faithless; the temptation simply discloses the stuff you are made of. On the other hand, when you endure temptations bravely it is not the temptation that makes you faithful and patient; temptation merely brings to light the hidden virtues of patience and fortitude that have been present in you all along. “I humbled you and made you feel the pangs of hunger in order to find out what was in your heart” (Dt 8,2).

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Third Sunday of Advent – Year C

13 December 2015

Saint of the day

St. Lucy,

Virgin and Martyr († c. 304)

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SAINT LUCY
Virgin and Martyr
(† c. 304)

        The mother of St. Lucy suffered four years from an issue of blood, and the help of man failed. St. Lucy reminded her mother that a woman in the Gospel had been healed of the same disorder. “St. Agatha,” she said, “stands ever in the sight of Him for whom she died. Only touch her sepulchre with faith, and you will be healed.” They spent the night praying by the tomb, till, overcome by weariness, both fell asleep. St. Agatha appeared in vision to St. Lucy, and calling her sister, foretold her mother’s recovery and her own martyrdom. That instant the cure was affected; and in her gratitude the mother allowed her daughter to distribute her wealth among the poor, and consecrate her virginity to Christ.

A young man to whom she had been promised in marriage accused her as a Christian to the heathen; but our Lord, by a special miracle, saved from outrage this virgin whom He had chosen for His own. The fire kindled around her did her no hurt. Then the sword was plunged into her heart, and the promise made at the tomb of St. Agatha was fulfilled.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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