Monday, December 14, 2009
Sermon: Advent 3C
Although we missed Part One of John the Baptist, today we’ll jump to Part Two. And it isn't a pretty picture.
If all we knew about John the Baptist was that he asked us to prepare the way for the Messiah's arrival, then that would be something we could easily handle. In fact, we're doing just that. We've decorated the sanctuary, put up the tree. We’re rehearsing the Christmas pageant. We're planning our Christmas celebrations. We're buying the gifts and organizing the Christmas meal. We've decided what charity we'll support over the holidays, and maybe we've decided to volunteer a little extra time helping the less fortunate.
What else need there be to do?
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John the Baptist bellows at us last week, “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; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
So far, so good. A familiar passage to most of us. Some of us even sing along to Handel's Messiah version as we hear this being read.
But flip over the page and...(whole thing here)