2019-12-082nd Sunday of AdventRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Dr. Martin Luther King made a famous speech in 1963 called "I Have a Dream". He said: I have a dream that one day the sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my 4 little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

The speech expressed the hopes of the human race where people could live together in peace. People of all nations have always dreamed of a better world, a world where people of all colors could live in peace.

Every person here has a dream. Many are sick of the insanity of war and tired of crime and violence. But many are discouraged that a better world is possible. They feel the problems are too big and the circumstances are out of control.

In today's Gospel, John the Baptist tells us to reform our lives, the reign of God is at hand.

In order to get a better world we have to become better people. If you want a better world, start with yourself. My primary mission in life should be to become the "best me" that I can be.

Until we tackle the challenge of ourselves then we cannot tackle the challenges of the world.

John the Baptist is telling us that the moral problems of the world are the moral failures of people. Whatever is wrong in society is the result of whatever is wrong with us.

If we live in a cruel, greedy and violent world, it is because there are cruel, greedy and violent people.

The world does not pollute its own air and water; people do.

The world does not fight senseless wars; people do. The world does not cause poverty, people do. The world does not foster prejudice and hatred, people do.

The only way to get a better world is build it out of better people. John the Baptist said it best when he said: "Reform your lives; the reign of God is at hand."

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