Sunday 12 December 2021 – BEING CHARITABLE


1st Reading: Zep 3: 14-18a

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear.  On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.

2nd Reading: Phil 4: 4-7

Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all.  The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: Lk 3: 10-18

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What 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 Christ.  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.

BEING CHARITABLE: As we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of our Lord, let Him be born into our homes. John the Baptist reminds us that for the Lord to come and stay with us, we must be good and charitable to others. We must have a generous heart (Luke 3:10-18). We must be ready to share what we have with those who have none. When entrusted with an office, we should not abuse the office or the authority.  The Lord God is very charitable to us. He has given us much more than what we need. God wants all of us to be happy and to extend happiness to others by being charitable to them. Being charitable is making preparations to welcome God into one’s life.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to be charitable with what you give me.