In case you’ve noticed, the daily readings up to today for Advent haven’t been what’s expected, most likely. We tend to expect those intimate examinations of the Holy Family preparing for the birth of Jesus, May and Joseph making the long trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Angels singing from the heavens. Yet, we have heard much more about John the Baptist’s testimony and word about Jesus, and what Jesus says about John the Baptist, than we have heard about Jesus’s birth. Today’s readings bear that out:
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the Kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
Tomorrow, we start ‘Late Advent’ and will hear more about the proximate preparations for Christmas.
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