The main character in today’s Gospel is John the Baptist, the one who prepared the way for Jesus and who eventually baptized him (Matt 3:13-17). He challenges the people of Israel to make a complete change in their lives because the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matt 3:2). “Kingdom of God” expresses a condition of total submission to God, allowing God to be the sole master in our lives and to control everything. Just as any good kind or leader might do, God seeks to promote our life and well-being but He will only succeed if we collaborate with him and allow our lives to be God centered. We have to move away from self-centeredness which expresses itself in pride, hunger for possessions, power, and prestige, to an attitude of submission to God in total humility and concern for the others, needs like Jesus (Ph 2:5-11). In what areas of our lives do we need to turn back to God? John the Baptist invites us to live a new life by bearing fruit (Matt 3:10; 7:19) that is visible. Advent is a good time to discover together what fruit we are called to bear.