Daily Word Of God
When all the people asked John, ‘What must we do, then?’ he answered, ‘If anyone has two tunics he must share with the one who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.’
There were tax collectors, too, who came for baptism, and these said to him, ‘Master, what must we do?’ He said to them, ‘Exact no more than your rate.’ Some soldiers asked him in their turn, ‘What about us? What must we do?’ He said to them, ‘No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with your pay!’
A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than II am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- John the Baptist’s life was fueled by his burning passion to point others to Jesus and to the coming of His kingdom.
- John was preaching to people who were lukewarm about God and complacent in their ways of living. Thus, he tried to urge them to recognize and receive Christ when He came into their midst.
- Like John the Baptist, we too are called to speak about Jesus’ message of eternal salvation and witness its Truth effectively and courageously. How do you do this daily?