Third Sunday of Advent (Year C): Gospel – Luke 3:10-18
By asking John the Baptist what they should do, the crowds demonstrate a crucial aspect of repentance – “the desire and resolution to change one’s life” (Catechism paragraph 1431).
John replies with a few specific examples. All are rooted in recognizing the dignity of each human person:
In every human person, [we see] a son or daughter of the One Who wants to be called our Father. In this way, our relationships with our neighbors are recognized as personal in character. The neighbor is not a ‘unit’ in the human collective; he is ‘someone’ who by his known origins [as a child of God] deserves particular attention and respect (2212).
Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that everyone should look upon his neighbor — without any exception — as ‘another self’ (1931).
Social justice can be obtained only in respecting the transcendent dignity of man (1929).
Question for reflection: When have I asked for guidance from someone I trust?