Sunday of Advent (cycle a)
"I baptize you with water for repentance, but
one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy
to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and
Responsive Reading for 2nd Advent:
L: We light this candle as a symbol of Christ the Way.
P: May the Word sent from God through the prophets
lead us to the way of salvation.
L: May the Love of Christ fill our hearts and minds;
P: May we be found faithful to His commission on the Day
of our Lord's glorious return.
Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel
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Ready to Change,
Mat 3:1-12, Isa 11:1-10
HW in HI
John the Baptist might have made a typical American, but he was
not a typical Israelite. There was nothing typical about John the
Baptist. He lived in the wilderness. But it was well known in those
days that demons inhabited the wilderness. Maybe if you had a good
reason, you might travel there with a group of your kin – your
family – but one certainly did not live in the wilderness. And John
wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist,
and his food was locusts and wild honey. Weird. This is not what was
worn and this is not what was eaten. Not in Israel, not 2,000 years
John probably would have been an okay American. You know, a
rugged individualist, lover of the outdoors. Sort of a John Muir,
Sierra Club kind of guy. And maybe he would be a good member of
generation X. The scripture doesn’t say whether or not he pierced
his body somewhere or other, but the camel’s hair clothing and
eating bugs – that could be generation x.
So what on earth is going on? Why are people flocking to him?
They’re coming in droves. Well, Israel did have a great history of
prophets. In the past, prophets had warned of captivity if the
Israelites did not turn toward God. And here was John the Prophet,
baptizing people, and calling them to confess their sins and change
their ways. ...
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