December 4
Second Sunday of Advent

Extreme Stewardship

Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Rom 15:4-9 / Mt 3:1-12

Why is John the Baptist depicted as one of the most extreme personalities in all of Scripture?  “John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist.  His food was locusts and wild honey.”  Maybe that is why?  John stuck out like a sore thumb.  He dressed funny, ate funny things, and said things that were just not very funny.  Yet, “At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.”

What did John have that we need as stewards?  John was all in!  We might say, “well, John was set apart by God to do great things.”  Guess what—so are we!  If we are living as Catholics, we are living the extreme in this world. We feed on the Eucharist, talk to the Saints and stare for hours at a host in the monstrance—John the Baptist might have thought we were very extreme!

We can all join John as he proclaimed in today’s Gospel, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”