Cycle A

Good News A3

Third Sunday in Advent


Matthews 11:2-11 New American Bible

Matthew 11:2-11 Bible Gateway New International Version


When John heard in prison of the works of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"


John the Baptist was put in prison because he told the leaders to change their ways.  He told them that it wasn’t enough to just say they were sorry for their sins.  He told them that they should change their ways so they did not sin again.  These leaders wanted God to forgive them, but they did not want to change their evil ways.  They didn’t like John the Baptist because he told them they were sinful people.  Therefore, they put John the Baptist in jail. 

          Now, John had heard the scriptures of the Old Testament.  When the savior came he was supposed to bring all sinners to justice.  John thought that the savior was going to judge people right then and there, not at the hour of their death or at the end of the world.  John was confused because this did not happen. People were still sinning without changing their ways.   

          Jesus says we have to forgive others seventy times seven times.  That’s 490 times.  He will forgive us if we are willing to forgive others and ourselves.  John wanted people to be truly sorry for their sins.  He wanted them to make definite plans on how they were not going to commit the same sins over and over again.

When you go to confession and tell the priest your sins, you are forgiven only if you are truly sorry.  If you are truly sorry, then you will make a strong effort to sin no more.  You will pray and ask God for help.  Sometimes you will look in the mirror and discover that you are human.  You will find out that you have made another mistake.  After you tell God that you are sorry for what you have done, then change your actions.  Get out a piece of paper and write out what you will do from now on.  God will be so very proud of you.  After all He knows you better than you know yourself.  He will guide you and show you a clear path.  Just ask Him.  He loves you very much!

            Say the “Our Father” and thank God for the gift of forgiveness.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”



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