Today we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, also known as "Gaudete" Sunday, which means "Rejoice!"
In today's Gospel, the crowds ask John the Baptist, "What should we do?" His answer is quite simple:
"Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise."
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
"Teacher, what should we do?"
He answered them,
"Stop collecting more than what is prescribed."
Soldiers also asked him,
"And what is it that we should do?"
He told them,
"Do not practice extortion,
do not falsely accuse anyone,
and be satisfied with your wages."
It's all about repentance, which comes from the Greek word metanoia which means "change of mind." Even before I became Catholic, I would look at people of faith (any faith) and wonder if they had a change of mind.
You can listen to Scott Hahn's reflection on today's readings here.