We wait... and wonder...
Mary's song takes a perhaps unexpected twist though…. so before we get all starry eyed and sentimental… this is two pregnant women discussing the downfall of all earthly empires!
John the Baptist calls them a group of snakes... and this is the good news? How?
How do we prepare the way? What would the refining fire find in us that needs removed? What would the fuller’s soap wash away?
We keep watch together in the last moments of advent as we await the birth of the Christ-child once more.
'Who are you?', they ask John the Baptist. But he wants to tell them about someone else... someone greater. That's his testimony. What's yours?
Prepare the way! shouts John the Baptist. That's the work of Advent... to get ready. But what does it mean for us to prepare the way? Where should we begin?
Joseph is often overlooked, but Matthew's Gospel puts him centre stage in the story of the birth of Jesus. But why? What's so important about a man who played no part in the birth?
When the night is darkest the questions come. As John the Baptist sits in his cell he begins to wonder... Are you really the one? It's a question for all of us this Advent.
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?