“If we don’t understand the Judaism of Jesus’ time, how can we understand him and his message?”
Advent | Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Zephaniah 3:14-20 (Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
What does true joy require of us?
by Debie ThomasOctober 13, 2017
God loves everything that God made, and God loves you especially, and the only way you can avoid that love is by deliberately removing yourself from it. That is how I want to preach this Gospel on Advent 3. John the Baptist tells us that we can, in fact, separate ourselves from love, and describes some of the ways how. In response to John’s insistence that the ax is at the root of the tree, poised to cut down trees that don’t bear good fruit, three groups ask, “If that’s so, how then shall we live?”