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Good News #A2

Second Sunday in Advent

 

Matthews 3:1-12 New American Bible

Matthew 3:1-12 Bible Gateway NIV

 

"I baptize you with water for repentance.”

 

John the Baptist was the voice crying out in the desert letting the people know that the Messiah was coming, just as Isaiah had predicted.  When the Priest or Deacon baptizes today, he says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” If you come across a person who is near death, you can baptize them.

When you are baptized, you are reborn.  Your sins are taken away.  You start a new life as a child of God, as a Christian.  When you confess your sins and ask God for forgiveness, it is also a rebirth.  You start out with a clean slate on your soul.  Just like wiping an eraser across the chalkboard, God swiftly lifts the spots left by sin, and fills your soul with grace.  This grace helps you to stay away from sin.  This grace helps you get closer to God by doing good things to help other people.  When you celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day, it is a great time to ask God for inner peace for you, your family, neighbors, country, and world. 

You can see God’s goodness in the faces of everyone you meet. If you have trouble understanding anyone, pray for them. Ask God to help you see his goodness in that person, even if the light seems dim.  Every morning look in the mirror.  God’s goodness is blossoming in your face.  Say, “Good Morning, Lord.  I love you.”  Tell God 3 things you are going to do for Him that day. Write them down and mark them off as you accomplish each task.  Write your homework a little neater.  Hold the door for someone.  Take out the trash.  Look a friend in the eye.  Tell him you like the color of the shirt he is wearing.  Tell her you like the way she combs her hair.  Each day you live is a day of rebirth for you.  You are able to try again and again to bring a smile to faces you meet each day.  When you make someone smile, God is smiling, too.  

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you spread his light of wisdom and happiness to others.  When you do that, each day will seem like Christmas Day because all the goodness you are giving away will come back to you over and over again.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

 

 

Copyright ©2001, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards