Cycle C

Good News C3

Third Sunday in Advent

 

New American Bible Luke 3:10-18

Bible Gateway New International Version Luke 3:10-18

 

Share with Others

 

††††††††† Enjoy living and doing for God. Share with others.If you look through your closet and find clothing that you havenít worn in a couple of years, perhaps you can share these clothes with Goodwill, the Kidney Foundation, Crisis Ministry or other organizations that help people.When you go to the grocery store, buy a few extra canned goods to share with those who are hungry.God will make sure you have enough food and clothing for yourself and some left for others.

††††††††† Take only what is yours.If an item is not yours, donít touch it.Sometimes we are tempted to play with toys that are not ours. If you have permission and something breaks, itís not too bad.If you donít have permission, and a game breaks while you are playing with it, it is really bad news.Protect yourself.Take only what is yours.

††††††††† If you see two people fighting, donít say, he started it, itís his fault.Get all the facts.Listen to both people.Figure out what will solve the problem.Try to solve it so the two boys donít lose their tempers again.

If you seem to be judging everybody all the time, ask God to give you the wisdom to be a just and effective judge.An effective judge helps people take responsibility for their behavior.He/she gives meaningful punishments that teach people lessons so they do not choose the same wrong behavior again.

†††††††††† Sometimes you might be tempted to judge people ahead of time.You might think that if a girl has red hair, sheís got an uncontrollable temper.If a person has purple skin, you think they are from out of space.You donít let them fit in with your group of friends. If a boy wears old, torn clothing, your town wonít let him play because he canít pay for his own uniform. If three people wonít play with you, you think the 4th person wonít play with you.Look for the good in others.

††††††††† The third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit will give you everything you need to stay on Godís path.If you need to know how to do it, the Holy Spirit will send someone to teach you.If you canít understand it, the Holy Spirit will send someone to explain it so simply that you will understand.If you need money, the Holy Spirit will show you how to earn more money.If you need more time to play, the Holy Spirit will help you manage your time and get things done so you can have time to play with your family and friends.God is so good.He sends you everything and everybody you need at just the right time.

††† ††††† Now pray the ďOur Father.Ē Ask God to give you the strength to share even when you are afraid you wonít have enough left.Thank God for giving you everything you need.Thank God for sending people to help you. Look for the light in the eyes of someone who helps you. God is looking at you through that person. When you help someonelse, you are doing it for God.Jesus said in Matthew 25, Verse 40: ďWhat you do for the least of these my brethren, you do unto me.Ē

 

 

ďOur 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.

 

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