Tag Archive | John the Baptist

Advent Day 8 ~ The Messenger of the Son of God ~ You can be his messenger too!

Second Sunday of Advent~ December 8, 2019 The emergence of John the Baptist, Scripture scholar William Barclay states, was like “the sudden sounding of the Voice of God.” Why? Because the prophets of Israel had been silent for four hundred years and the Jewish people were sadly conscious of that fact. And in today’s gospel, […]

Advent Day 16 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

Third Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday December 16, 2018 In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re more than half way through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we see the celebrant in rose vestments. This is supposed to […]

Advent Day 8 ~ The Second Sunday of Advent ~ The herald of the King

The Second Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 9, 2018 As we examine the gospel of Luke this year, we see that for this gospel writer, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned. He dramatically dates it in three different ways.  Here’s the text . . . […]

Advent Day 8 – The Messenger of the Son of God

Second Sunday of Advent (December 10, 2017) Mark opens his gospel saying, As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. ‘A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”   Mark […]

The Messenger of the Son of God

Second Sunday of Advent~ December 4, 2016 He lived in Judea about the same time as Jesus and is supposed to be his cousin. He was very popular. Large crowds of people came to hear him preach and to stand in line to be baptized by him. He gave people hope and called people to […]

Advent Day 15 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

Third Sunday of Advent In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re half way through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we see the celebrant in rose vestments. This is supposed to be a joyful time of year but […]

The herald of the King

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT As we examine the gospel of Luke this year, we see that for this gospel writer, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned. He dramatically dates it in six different ways.  Here’s the text . . . In the fifteenth year of […]

Advent Day 8 – The Messenger of the Son of God

He lived in Judea about the same time as Jesus. Large crowds of people came to hear him preach and to stand in line to be baptized by him. He gave people hope and called people to their senses in a time when the world was crazy and mixed up, not unlike our own time.

He was a wiry character. He lived on the edge of the desert and wore a shirt of camel’s hair, that in the hot sun, would have been horribly uncomfortable. I would surmise that he was pretty smelly. His message was, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

Advent Day 17 – What’s it all about?

Tuesday of the third week of Advent  Dear reader, I’ve decided to take a deeper turn in this Advent blog. As I get closer to Christmas, my prayer is opening up to two things in the last few days. (1) a deeper realization of my sinfulness and frail human nature. and (2) an ongoing surrender […]

Advent Day 8 ~ Jesus Wild n’ Wooly Advance Man

%x Second Sunday of Advent He probably looked like someone from the cast of the old musical Hair or a hippie. He lived in the wild in the desert of Judea. He wore clothing made of camel’s hair, that I’m sure was – um – uncomfortable in the desert’s heat.  (He was probably pretty stinky.) His scrumptious diet was locusts and […]