Second Sunday of Advent


Second Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 6

A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Why was it that a voice cried out in a desert, or a voice cries out in the wilderness to make way for the Lord? John the Baptist was a voice in the wilderness, he did not deliver his message of repentance from a tower, or spire, or pulpit; but in the wilderness. It seems that sometimes the valleys that are filled, mountains made low, winding roads made straight are mans creations or more properly man’s constructions. In the desert or wilderness is the absence of mans societies with its laws  or its buildings that hold man’s knowledge and most often man’s sins within that knowledge. In the natural world paths are Gods path as are the mountains and valleys. In being Gods creation rather than man’s construction they are reminders of Gods magnificence and in these deserted, undeveloped places that magnificence is not lost in mans constructions. They are places of silence and of meditation. Many times they are places that must be travelled to as in a pilgrimage and that journey is a straightening of a path in life.A mountain climbed is an obstacle removed or made low, or at least a reminder that obsticles like mountains can be “made low.” Many times being able to see the obstacle is the first step in conquering it.Mountains are hard to miss but lifes obsticles are sometimes blocked by ur constructions.A voice crying out in the desert is sometimes a voice crying out to come to a deserted place, a place free of obsticles to “make way for the  Lord.”

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