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O..ecember 13, 1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Commentary i By ANN WADELTON ndiana Catholic Conference F 'TWenty_five years is a mo- l arit Worth celebratm , but 1: a' 't, " " g - "ugrltly challenge for l a ;ture. My wish for you is liVa,,0ore happy, prodnc- ,,h 2"" UOspel filled years." 4igr use Were the words of (rei Robert Lynch, general ,aLhrlY of the"United States p,kel) c Conference, as he t to the board, advisors "fiends of the Indiana I I [ BEST !1 GOVERNOR AT CANAL II 41 an Viait I lef L:vansville Wet Heat I N Piping Co. Inc. ] eWR Used Be er F'urr  :s , 2i,099;Pair & Replacen,er,, , -arpet Cleaning otltVICE MASTER For Free Estimates  Ma:s Neadirs  By FAFHE DONALD DILGER tzOSpel Commentary for the Third Sunday ovent: Cycle C: Luke 3:10.18 t" When Luke was researching traditions about ,e Words and (teel's of Jesus and his disciples, he eaase familiml not on!y with the Gospel of Mark with a osDel that is now lost excm3t inso- I1t1" '-' --  t L .as Matthew and Luke have preserved it within ,,elr Own gospels. That lost Gospel we call tsP el Q." The name or letter is derived from ule German word for source, "Quelle." The Ger- ,uan scholars who first introduced the theory of a 10st COs-el referred to it as "die nuelle," in En ,, 1 x. - gsh, the Source." Thus from the German noun "" Uegan to be referred to as "Q". ., Luke therefore had two chief sources of mate- r  With which to construct his own gospel. Be- es Mark and "Q" he had other traditions, the t ce of which we do not know. We simply refer I uese. traditions as "L" for Luke. It may be that t Ke himself constructed many of the "L" tradi- c .In the preaching of John the Baptizer Luke I Umed all three sources, Mark, and "Q .... L". the other two sources, "L" has his own char- . t nstics. He is marked by a certain gentleness, erness, recognition of human fraility, good . linen sense What Luke takes from the Gospel t = ark Illustrates Mark's overriding concern that / end is at hand What he takes from "Q" shows i L.aa} ,,Q,, was something of a fire and brimstone lrlstian preacher. ere When Luke combines these three very differ- Wi'ffadltions, the result is a John the Baptizer violent yet gentle personality. In a part that Preaching of John the Baptizer: Fire and tenderness our Sunday reading mercifully omits John scathingly denounces the crowds of people who come to him for baptism as children of serpents. He threatens them by comparing them with a tree that is about to be cut down by an axe and thrown into the fire. This is the part Luke took from "Q". Then comes "L". The people asked John what they should do. Very gently John tells them to share what they have with those who have noth- ing. Then the hated tax collectors approach for advice. Tenderly he advises them not to collect more than they were supposed to. The body- guards of the tax collectors approach and ask what to do. Without rebuking them he tells them not to extort money, not to falsely accuse some- one of not paying their taxes in order to extort more money, and to be content with their wages. This, we think, is the real Luke speaking through the mouth of John the Baptizer. Luke then contin- ues with one of his characteristic psychological settings: All the people were intensely wondering whether perhaps John might be their long-awaited Messiah Luke now switches to the Gospel of Mark in which John downgrades his own activity in favor of someone greater than himself who will soon be coming onto the scene. The one to come is so great that John humbly says that he is unworthy to even loosen the sandal strings of the one who will soon baptize, not with water but with the Holy Spirit. Checking the Gospel of Mark we see that here is where Mark ended the preaching of John the Baptizer. Luke has to turn once more to "Q" for a vie- lent message that seems so unlike his own thoughts and those of Mark to express the preach- ing of John. Where Mark ended with the words, I will baptize you with the Holy Spirit," both Luke and Matthew now add: "and with fire," so typical of "Q". Then Luke continues with "Q" and further threats. The grain, (good people), would be sepa- rated from the chaff, (bad people), and the chaff or straw would be burned in a fire that can never be put out. So much for "Q". Then Luke adds a gen- tle note of his own: "With many other such ser- mons he (John) proclaimed "good news" to the people. One wonders whether they considered all of it good news. We cannot know if even one of these sources or all of them accurately express the preaching of John the Baptist which had taken place 50 to 60 years before Luke wrote. There are other indica- tions that John was a rather fiery preacher. Per- haps he also had a gentler side. We may in this strange mixture see a reflection of our Church. In the person of an obviously great Pope, there is on the one hand an adamant refusal to recognize the right of priests to marry and penalties for those who do, while on the other hand this great man reaches out to personally embrace lepers and vic- tims of AIDS and forgives even his own assassin. But doesn't this reflect all of us? We can be merci- lessly insensitive toward some and yet act with the greatest t0nderness toward others. Other readings for Third Sunday of Advent: Zephaniah 3:14-18: Phil 4:4-7. .EVANSVILLE SERVICE AND SHOPPING G UID.. Hales & Service TV & 2-Way I-M 1916 W. FRANKLIN STREET PHONE (8 ! 2) 423-7849 Herman Goebel Motor Co. NEW OR USED CARS Where the best deals are made Trade up or down Bank Financing 2001 W. Delaware 423-7759 M&S Fire & Safety Equip. Co. Inc. Over 25 years sales and service in the Tri-state 670 E. Franklin 424-3863 GET THE SKILL AND CARE OF FATHER AND SON TEAMS IN GLASS REPLACEMENT SIEMERS AUTO GLASS CO. Ph. 422-4149 1021 WALNUT ST. Schmidlin's account of the foundling of the Indiana con- ference in 1966 through the efforts of the state Catholic Charities directors, primarily himself and Gary's Msgr. Joseph Semancik. The directors saw the need for a voice in public policy because of their extensive work with the poor as well as that with adoptions the foster care. They gained a knowl- edgeable ally in the newly- appointed Bishop of Lafayette, Raymond Gal- lagher, previous executive secretary of National Catholic Charities. Also actively sup- portive was Bishop Panl Lei- bold of Evansville. Father Schmidlin currently serves as pastor of Nativity parish in Indianapolis Tracing the history of the Church's efforts to influence public policy, Msgr. Lynch noted the first national gath- ering was in 1917, at the out- break of World War I, for the purpose of "assisting in the patriotic cause of "assisting in the patriotic cause of a na- tion at war." But the real impetus for ac- tion "was a direct outgrown of the conciliary experience and the expectations of the bishop returning from the Second Vatican Council." The Council had decreed that the Church should have a larger role in the public life of society. And the bishops themselves, having experi- enced collegiality, were con- vinced that the local Church would be enriched by the same collegiality. "Gone were the days when only the arch- bishop, or the cardinal, could speak," he said. Every four years, said Msgr. See ICC page 11 Father John Boeglin, pastor of St. Celestine Church and a member of the Advisory Council, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, and Bernard Kazyak, director of the Catholic Charities Bureau in the Diocese of Evansville and a member of the Advisory Coumi! ;!k with Msgr. Robert Lynch, general secretary of the United States Catholic Conference 5 Catholic Conference in cele- bration of the 25th anniver- sary of the founding of the state conference. The celebra- tion was held Dec. 6 at the Catholic Center in Indianapolis. "The goal of the USCC and the ICC, as well as the other 28 state Catholic confer- ences," he said, "is to trans- late the Gospel into everyday life." Msgr. Lynch's address fol- lowed Father Donald ICC celebrates 25th anniversary of founding