Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day of 18 of Advent - "Prepare the way"

Day 18 of Advent
Wednesday in 3rd week of Advent


Psalm 119:49-72
Isa. 9:8-17
2 Pet. 2:1-10a
Mark 1:1-8

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How do you prepare?  What do you do when something new is about to happen?  I remember well when we were preparing for each of our children and preparing our home by cleaning, by praying, by wondering how we would do it, by dreaming, by buying all sorts of stuff that would hopefully help us with the newness of the birth to come.  How do you prepare?

As a teacher for over a decade, I would prepare to teach by cleaning the classroom, by writing each student's name in the gradebook, by going over the plans for my teaching, by considering how I would begin the term, by writing and printing out my expectations and an outline of the course.  How do you prepare?

The preparation for Jesus was strange, to say the least.  His cousin, John the Baptist, went to the wilderness and dressed himself in the clothing of Elijah and preached repentance of sin through baptism in the river Jordan.  And the people flocked to him, all those who were tired of the religious establishment, who were unable to pay the fees to sacrifice at the Temple, and those who were seen as outcasts,and those who wanted a direct experience of the power of the Lord.

The messenger prepared a wonderful, and yet strange, way for the Lord.

How do you prepare?

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Mark 1:1-3
1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,"'

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