Isaiah 35:1-6,10: Psalms 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
A thirteen-year-old girl said to her mother, “I feel so nervous.” Her mother replied, “What do you mean, ‘nervous’?” “Well,” said the youngster, “I feel in a hurry all over. It’s like I’m not quite sure where I’m going, but I can’t wait to get started.”
Our pre-Christmas Season — the Advent Season — seems tailor-made for “we’re-not-quite-sure-where-we’re-going-but-we-can’t-wait-to-get-there” persons. The word “Advent” and the word “adventure” have a common root. Advent is a Season of adventure. In the midst of lost hopes and fading dreams, we celebrate the coming of Christmas in an atmosphere of renewed hope and renewed expectation. And our fading dreams are transformed into bright new visions of things to come.
When John the Baptist went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming the coming of Christ, Luke tells us that all the people asked him for direction: “What must we do then?” (Lk. 3:10). That question has no time constraint. It is age-old and ever-new. And it is key. There comes a…
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