today’s Gospel reading:
the Baptist told them]
baptizing you with water, for repentance,
one who is coming after me is mightier than I....
baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
is too much clutter in our lives and John promises that
Jesus’ coming with his Spirit can do what we can’t, "Clear
the threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn...."
That is the promise we hear this Advent: the Spirit is
coming to help us clear space for God and gather "the wheat"
that will give us the life God wants us to have.
we ask ourselves: