Dear Brother Knights:

I would like to say something to you about the gospel reading of the second Sunday in Advent. Here is John the Baptist, coming out of the wilderness and is preaching to everyone who takes the time to listen. He has a message for each and every one. People who are not in charge who believe in the salvation call of God are baptized in the Jordan and confess their sins. Sins are interpreted as times in life when God was not important. They regret and are invited to have a different thought in mind when they approach God.

The Pharisees and Sadducees get a harsh greeting from the forerunner of Jesus. John names them ‘brood of vipers’ because they interpret the Holy Scripture to suit their selfinterest. He calls them to repentance, which means: to approach life with a thought they can only receive from God. Don’t rely on Abraham who is your father or on any prophet; these did their deed in time when they were living on earth. God expects of you to do likewise and get your instructions from God and not from self-indulgence.

He points out to them that the real thing is still to come, the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. This means he will plant the thought of God into each heart open to him, and will purge all their wrong doings.

There will be an evaluation by God himself, some will enter the home of God, and others will perish, because they refused to have a relationship with the Saviour.

Fr. Frank Feldmann, SAC
K of C Chaplain