2nd Sunday of Advent Reflection
Luke 3:1-6 (NRSV)
1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler[a] of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler[b] of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler[c] of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
Today’s Gospel is a beautiful example of the fulfilled promises of Scripture, with Isaiah’s “voice in the wilderness” arriving in the form of John the Baptist. John faithfully fulfilled his ministry by preparing the way for the Lord. He came with a simple, powerful, accessible message of hope and forgiveness. In this season of hope, we too are called to make the path of the Lord straight, so that all people can know God and His salvation. May we take every opportunity this Advent season and beyond to share with others the joy of the coming King!
Where is your “wilderness”? Where has God placed you to “cry out” with His message of hope and forgiveness?
How can we prepare the way for the Lord this advent season? What paths can we straighten, what valleys can we fill, and what hills can we lower?
God of Forgiveness,
At times we feel like a voice crying in the wilderness of a fallen world. We pray that our words and actions each and every day would lead people to you, and that they too would repent and be forgiven.
May all people know your salvation, Amen.