Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Second Sunday of Advent - John the Baptist

All Sundays of Advent are unique in their own way, but the Second Sunday particularly stands apart for its invitation to John the Baptist to come out of the wilderness shouting for us to repent. Our Gospel for tomorrow is Matthew 3:1-12 which gives us this description of John: "Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey." Pretty independent guy, no?

And John was not one to mince words: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. . . . 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 fire."

On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.
[Charles Coffin (1676-1749)]

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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