2nd Sunday of Advent (A) – 1997
The reforming power of God’s advent, finally, must penetrate our interior lives.
We may, like the Pharisees, go through the motions of baptism, but we are commanded to “produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.” (Mt 3:8) It is not enough to proclaim that we are saved. We must yield our entire being for purification by the Holy Spirit and fire.
Many Christians seem to have a problem with the total message of the Incarnation and Christ’s Advent. They tend to select some safe portion of their lives which they open to God while they slam shut all the others.
Some of us think we can get by with allowing God to enter our interior “prayer lives.” We try to hold the reform to that.
We resist the possibility that our relation to our families or friends could be transformed. We can’t imagine that we would have to change our attitudes toward our enemies.
And we certainly would not tolerate any challenge to our pet political suppositions or economic practices.