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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Luke 3:7-18

REFLECTION According to all the prophets, repentance is necessary for the entrance of the kingdom. Yes, any ethical U-turn is a desired end goal in itself in that it helps improve the personal, communal, social, and political conditions of this world-yet its “end” is yet to come. The Advent Sunday is but the beginning of God’s unending eschatological advent. That’s why church fathers such as Irenaeus spoke of two advents of the Savior, the first when Christ came as “a man subject to stripes and the second when he comes “burning the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Irenaeus, Against the Heresies 4.333.1, in Ante-Nicene Fathers, 10 vols. [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988], 1:506). The Baptist’s call for repentance lives in the dynamic of the eschatological tension. Then, and only then, bearing the fruit of repentance is of lasting value; the fruit of repentance becomes the “first fruit” of the harvest to come.


RESPONSE John speaks of Jesus who will baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit. How have you experienced this?

PRAYER In my baptismal walk, help me see any U-turns that are required as I continue to live a life transformed by those waters. Amen.