Luke 3:10-18 Reflection ~
John is echoing and reminding us of the themes of righteousness heard in the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus. Purification by water and the Spirit was also in the Old Testament but John loudly proclaims expansion of God’s offering of the what, why and how. In our Baptism, we are cleansed not just externally but internally. Divinity enters into us with Baptism and we become guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Luke 3 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 3:10-18.