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April 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
As we edge closer to Christmas, we begin thinking about all those to whom we are going to send a Christmas message through snail mail or email, Twitter or Facebook.
Could you see yourself putting together a Christmas message with a graphic of John
the Baptist at the centre, and underneath a personal greeting: “Dear Bill & Margaret
& Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you, as we prepare to celebrate the
coming of Jesus into our lives; Clean up your act, you brood of vipers, and behave
as though you understand what Christmas is all about”?
Well, that’s the kind of message with which John the Baptist confronts us in the
gospel-reading of this second Sunday of Advent. It’s quite possible that the bustle
associated with the end of the calendar year and the commercialism of Christmas
shopping might shield us from seeing that the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke
all preface the Christmas story with John the Baptist and his confronting,
destabilising message. However, the only authentic way to understand the true
meaning of what occurred in that manger in Bethlehem is to face up to John and