God’s Spam Folder

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance

Mark 1:4
Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; Psalms 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

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Second Sunday of Advent, B

In a recent cartoon in The New Yorker magazine, God is seated, staring intently at the laptop screen before him with a surprised look on His face. The caption below reads, “God finds all the prayers of mankind in his SPAM folder.” To which some of us might add, so that’s why He’s ignoring me!

Some years ago it was reported that a father had his four-year-old son baptized twenty-six times in three years. When he was asked by a reporter why he had done this, the father answered, “Very simple. Each new godfather was good for at least one loan.”

Someone has said that the world is a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell “God” with the wrong blocks. That father is a good example, perhaps, of one of those bewildered people who live in their own spiritual kindergarten. He didn’t deny God, but he tried to manipulate Him. And that is something we must…

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