3rd Sunday in Advent
ďShare with the Person Who Has NoneĒ
Written by Joan Y.
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Links on my site related to Cycle C, Third Sunday in Advent
Site about wheat †http://www.lakecountyshow.org/grain.htm
Crowd (Tax collectors and Soldiers and others)
Tax Collector 1
Tax Collector 2 (With signs like at political conventions)
Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
What then should we do?
Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.
Tax Collector 1
Teacher, we are tax collectors.† What should we do?
Stop collecting more than what is owed on the records.† Donít
take more than the taxpayers owe and put it in your own pockets.
We are soldiers.† What should we do?
Do not use your authority and threaten people with harm to get money from them. Do not falsely accuse anyone. Be satisfied with the money the army pays you for your wages.
Now the people were filled with wonder, and all were asking
in their hearts whether
Do you think this man is the Messiah?
Tax Collector 2
He could be.
I am not the Messiah. I baptize you with water.† A man is coming who is mightier than I am.† I am not worthy to loosen the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
What will this
He will gather the wheat seeds into his barn, but the chaff, seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves, he will burn with unquenchable fire.
What are you looking for?
(Using big magnifying glasses)
I am looking for evidence that people are doing what
Did you find any proof?
Are people sharing with those who have none?
In this area are baskets filled with canned meats, fruits, and vegetables.† There are boxes of cereal, dried milk, sugar, and salt.
Come over here.† Look at the new clothing and shoes stacked up for the Catholic Social Services to give out on Christmas.
These items will really help those who have none.
I donít understand the part in todayís Gospel about the wheat and the chaff.
He says the Messiah will separate the wheat seeds from the chaff which is the shell, stems, leaves, or straw.†
We eat the peanut, but throw the shell away.
We eat the walnut and throw its shell away.
Now I understand.† The
water of Baptism takes the shell and the other chaff off of our soul. Then we
are the seeds of God, ready to enter the
It also can mean, that those who have obeyed Godís commandments have been the seeds, the nuts.† Those who havenít are the chaff, or trash, the evil, and will be burned.
If we obey Godís commandments and the greatest commandments, we will be seeds of God.† We will not be thrown into the unquenchable fires.
The greatest commandment is love God above everyone and everything.† The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.† All of us can do that with Godís love and forgiveness.
And so through the years, the people at