Second Sunday of Advent

& archive, Year C.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You see how bent over we are
Under the weight of the world’s habits.

Unburden us
Clear the path within our soul
Lift up our heads to see you
Our hearts to love you
And welcome your coming.

Second Sunday of Advent

Our pilgrimage into Advent takes us into wilderness. It is here that Luke, the gospel historian, leads us – past the halls and politics of power. (Luke 3:1-2) The wilderness, empty, silent, offers us respite from all that lures and enslaves us. We may find ourselves tense, uncomfortable, restless; we are more addicted than we realize to noise, schedule, production—expressions of how driven we are by the powers of consumerism and religious busyness. But as we wait in this vast space we begin to breathe, to feel the tension loosening in our body. Gradually, we settle into being more present in this vast stretch of space.

Here, there is nothing to come between us and God – except the clutter within our soul. And in time we become aware of the Spirit of God at work—sifting through the pieces, washing the lens of our soul, helping us to see the inner ‘stuff’ for what it truly is. The voice of the prophet, Malachi, also sounds in this place. (Malachi 3:1-4) Gradually we become ready to let go of all that is of little worth as we stand and wait in this place where basic needs and God’s presence come into conversation with each other: the hunger of our soul in dialogue with the One who feeds us manna.

It is then that we can begin to hear another voice – first distant, then coming closer; John, son of Zechariah:

The voice of one crying out
in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
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.’ Luke 3:4-6 NRSV

The prophecy of Zechariah can now sound forth. It becomes our psalm for this season of Advent. Allow the words to wash into your mind and soul. . . . even as we wait for the second coming along with all those who have gone before (Philippians 1:9-11).

You come to us
In the presence of the Holy Spirit. Help me to be present to you –
To be with you, To listen –
With the ears of my heart.
Continue to free me from the stuff of this world which holds me captive.
Lead me in your Way of life.

Amen

Season of Advent: week 2

12/3 Monday: Luke 21:25-33
12/4 Tuesday: Luke 21:34-36
12/5 Wednesday: Psalm 25:1-10
12/6 Thursday: Jeremiah 33:14-16
12/7 Friday: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
12/8 Saturday: Luke 21:25-33
12/9 Sunday: Luke 21:34-36