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?