Word for the Weekend: Advent II, December 4

Mission San Juan Bautista, CA: by musicmuseca
Here's another photo of the same figure.

This Sunday we'll hear John the Baptist echoing the words of Isaiah, "Prepare the way of the Lord!"

Perhaps the best way for you to prepare the way of the Lord into your heart this weekend is to spend some time with the scriptures you'll hear proclaimed on this Second Sunday of Advent.

For the texts and background material, look here. For tips on helping children prepare to hear the Word, check here.

This Sunday's first scripture is one of my favorites: Isaiah's message of God's comfort and the promise that the rough ways (who doesn't know that path?) will be made smooth and straight.

The second lesson offers us a "tough love" lesson but includes the promise of "new heavens and a new earth."

The gospel is one of our two Advent encounters with John the Baptist. Mark's gospel echoes Isaiah and even gives us a review of John's wardrobe and diet!

I wonder... who are the Isaiah and John the Baptist figures in our own times? Are we open to hearing a prophet's voice? a prophet's word? a prophet's call? Isaiah and John were hated and scored by some, yet they preached a word of truth...

Would we listen to them?

Do we listen to them?


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