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What's Under The Rug?

You are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you
Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7; Psalm 29:1-4,9-10; Acts 10:34-38; Luke 3:15-16,21-22

Sermon Week The Baptism of the Lord Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 3:22

After faithfully pursuing a religious instruction course in a particular church, a woman approached the pastor and said that she’d decided to be baptized and become an active member. The pastor asked her to give some of the details of her conversion. “How can you be sure that you really want to become a Christian?” he asked. To which she replied, “I just feel that something good has come into my life that I never before experienced.” “But can you be more specific?” asked the pastor. “Well,” she said, “I still don’t know my Bible very well, but I can tell you this: I work as a housekeeper in a downtown hotel. And ever since I got religion, I don’t sweep dirt under the rug anymore!”

From the very beginning of His public ministry, Jesus proclaimed this theme: "Reform your lives! Change your way of living!" His call to transform our lives and to follow Him are inseparable. He is telling us, in effect, "I understand human nature. I know each one of you is anything but perfect. And I want you to know that to follow Me -- to be My disciple -- you must be devoted to the task of bettering yourself, moving into ever closer union with God and His life of Love. In other words, if you want to be My Disciple you have to stop sweeping the dirt under the rug! 

In today's Gospel Lesson, we encounter John the Baptist. We know that for a long time the Jewish people had been waiting in vain for a prophet in the line of Isaiah or Jeremiah. Now, in John the Baptist, they finally have a prophet whom they are ready to listen to. Consequently, as the Gospel episode unfolds, we know that John has become a renowned religious figure in Israel.

To his followers in the desert, John says, "I baptize you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I ... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Lk. 3:16,17).

The baptism conferred by John the Baptist could be a [...]


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