Second Sunday of Advent

For the Second Sunday of Advent, our Gospel reading focuses on John the Baptist; he cries out in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord”. One wonders why this is not the reading for the First Sunday of Advent. After all, does it not set the tone for the entirety of Advent? What is important for us to remember is that there is a sense of continuity and movement behind John the Baptist. What we see now is hindsight; for John, the coming of the Lord was truly yet to come. John crying out is the fulfilment of Isaiah 40:

A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40.3)

For us today, we see Jesus as the fulfilment of the prophecy, the true Messiah. We hear John’s words and they are not jarring, or audacious; we find comfort in them – a sense of reassurance that just as John did, we recognize Christ’s coming.

 

This is what the Second Sunday of Advent is about: Peace. Peace to know that we are not alone in our beliefs, peace to know that Christ dwelt among us, dwells among us, and will continue to dwell with us.

As we ready the way of the Lord, let us be hallow a space within us, filling it with the hope and peace of anticipation.