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Second Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2010

LIVING IN THE DESERT

Today, we are reintroduced to the figure of John the Baptist.  “The voice crying in the desert”.  John is the one who proceeds Jesus – he announces to a people that a different encounter with the Divine is coming, and he did so outside the city and outside the temple.

The desert is a place of simplicity and poverty – a place where all the distractions go away.  I would often go out for long runs through the desert in the cool of the morning.  In the beginning, it was almost unnerving because I felt so exposed.   The desert requires a unique balance of confidence and humility.  Because too much confidence got your in trouble and too much humility would keep you inside all day long.

You see, we need silence and stillness in order to hear our inner voice – the voice of God.  It is the same reason John went out into the desert – so that his voice could be heard clearly.  Of course, the people who went to see him couldn’t just drop in, they went out to see him.

And John, in the desert, in this season of Advent preaches about repentance, and all of these things remind us that repentance is a process.  It doesn’t just happen.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent: (Isaiah 11.1-10; Romans 15.4-9; Matthew 3.1-12)

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