John the Baptist appears in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins

Mark 1:4
Mark 1:1-8

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Second Sunday of Advent, B

The “Wilderness experience” is one of the basic themes of Sacred Scripture. Those who are familiar with the Bible know that it runs from beginning to end, from the opening pages to the closing.

Early in the Old Testament, we read that after God had acted to deliver the Hebrews from the land of the Pharaoh, He sent them into the wilderness, where they remained for forty years. And, from that time the Prophets and the Historians of Israel looked upon the time in the wilderness as a very special time in the life of the Hebrew people. God had invited them into a deep union with Himself in which they were to be totally dependent on Him for their ultimate well-being.

The entire Old Testament story is built around this beautiful image of Israel, in the wilderness, learning complete trust in the God who loved them so very much.

As the New Testament begins to unfold, there it is again: the wilderness theme. In…

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