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    Lk 3:10-18
    The crowds asked John the Baptist,
    “What should we do?”
    He said to them in reply,
    “Whoever has two cloaks
    should share with the person who has none.
    And whoever has food should do likewise.”
    Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
    “Teacher, what should we do?”
    He answered them,
    “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
    Soldiers also asked him,
    “And what is it that we should do?”
    He told them,
    “Do not practice extortion,
    do not falsely accuse anyone,
    and be satisfied with your wages.”
    Now the people were filled with expectation,
    and all were asking in their hearts
    whether John might be the Christ.
    John answered them all, saying,
    “I am baptizing you with water,
    but one mightier than I is coming.
    I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
    He will baptize 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 with unquenchable fire.”
    Exhorting them in many other ways,
    he preached good news to the people.


    John teaches his followers the beginnings of what Jesus would amplify later in his life and ministry. What they both taught was not bout keeping God happy so we can get to heaven later. It was/is about how we live with others here and now in our life. This means from time to time getting involved in the messiness of others’ lives.

    Along these lines just came across this. It seems worthwhile, and maybe more folks could benefit fro seeing and praying it.
    The Romero Prayer
    It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
    The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
    Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
    No statement says all that could be said.  No prayer fully expresses our faith.  No confession brings perfection.  No pastoral visit brings wholeness.  No program accomplishes the church’s mission.  No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
    This is what we are about.
    We plant the seeds that one day will grow.  We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.  We lay foundations that will need further development.  We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
    We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enables us to do something and to do it well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
    We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
    We are prophets of a future not our own.

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