Fr. Dave's Take on It... 12/16/18:
Since I was a child, I'd always had a fear of someone under my bed at night.
So I went to a shrink and told him: “I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's
somebody under it. I'm scared. I think I'm going crazy.
"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink. "Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.”
“How much do you charge?” “One hundred fifty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor.
Six months later the doctor met me on the street.
“Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked.
“Well, $150 a visit, three times a week for a year, is $23,400.00. A bartender cured me for $10.00.
I was so happy to have saved all that money.
“Is that so?” With a bit of an attitude he said, “And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?”
“He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain't nobody under there now.”
It's always better to get a second opinion.
John the Baptist is giving lots of advice in the Gospel this weekend. We are all advice-givers and advice-takers at times in our lives. The enlightened person, of course, learns when to give it (and to whom) and when to take it and from whom). May we use these final days of Advent to truly become enlightened, so as to be the best we can be and listen to the Lord and learn from him when he comes.