Each Advent, I commit to reading the daily lectionary, the Bible readings that prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s coming. This year, I’m writing a brief reflection on these readings each weekday. It’s Advent, day eighteen.
Readings: Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8
Today, we move from Luke's passion account and push into the Gospel of Mark. Mark opens with this salutation: "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." It is the genesis according to Mark, the first inkling that the words of Isaiah have been enfleshed.
"Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, 'The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.'"
This is the good news of the Scriptures. Power has stooped low; it has come. This Advent, it's coming again. Can you see it?
***The Practice of Prayer: Thanksgiving***