Judgement is about recognising the parts of ourselves that aren’t right and stripping them out. That's the preparing that John the Baptist asks of us as he tells us to prepare the way.
Welcome to Advent, to the waiting season, where the light prepares and the angels stir and the stars shift and the word begins to put on flesh, waiting to move among us… But that’s not quite what we are presented with in our readings from scripture this morning... or is it?
A woman asks for crumbs and opens up the kingdom for all of us.
There is an old, old story of a farmer who with great sweeps of his arm scattered seed hither and thither across his land. Each was left helpless, thrown into corners they never chose to go, abandoned on land they never chose to take root: some among thistles, strangled between weeds, helpless over rocks, scorched on pathways and left there, left there to fend for themselves.
Our guest, The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Susan Brown, preaches on the temptation of Jesus, and the temptations that we all face too.
Do we exclude ourselves from the Kingdom of God?