Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Family Bible Study - Third Sunday of Advent

Gospel Passage
Luke 3:10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he
said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and
whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and
they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no
more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we,
what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats
or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.” 15 As the people were filled
with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether
he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you
with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie
the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His
winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat
into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18 So, with
many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

Questions for Discussion:

1. John the Baptist says that Jesus will baptize us “with the Holy Spirit and
with fire.” What does this mean? When were/will you be baptized in this way?
What’s the fire? How is the baptism of John different from the baptism you

2. John’s whole life was to bring others to Jesus, who was the Messiah, the
Anointed One. In the Eucharist, we use his words to point to Jesus, “Behold,
the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” How do you bring
others to Jesus in your own life?

3. St. John tells the people to share, “Whoever has two coats must share
with anyone who has none; whoever has food must do likewise.” How much
do you share the gifts God has given you with others? (You can also share
your time and any talents you may have with others, not just “things”)
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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