comfort and challenge

Second Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 40:1-11
Reading 2: 
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Reading 3: 
2 Peter 8-15a
Reading 4: 
Mark 1:1-8
By Bruce G. Epperly

Today’s passages involve both comforting the afflicted and challenging the comfortable. Ironically, this is good news in Advent, when we are tempted to be caught up in busyness and consumerism. There is wisdom in the platitude “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Amid the shopping and revels, we need to remember the deeper meaning of the holiday – God’s glorious gift to us that calls us to bless others.

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