Second Sunday in Advent, Year B

Inspired by Mark 1:1-8

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’’” Mark 1:1-3 (NRSV)

Is your life chaotic? Especially now, as we’re in the middle of the Christmas season, do you feel as though you’re lost in the wilderness of obligation, busyness, and mandatory good cheer? Do you feel as though the true meaning of Christmas is being missed as you rush about with your shopping, decorating, baking, and partying?

It is exactly in the midst of that chaos that the good news of Jesus Christ appears. Jesus didn’t take the easy path, waiting for us to have our lives perfectly in order before coming to grant us his grace. Jesus comes to our messy houses and our messy lives, not judging us for not having it all together, but loving us because we don’t. The good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can break through our obligations, our busyness, and our mandatory good cheer. He can remind us that even though we are in the wilderness, he is capable of evening out our ups and downs, and he can focus us on the wonder of God’s love made manifest in human flesh.

Let us pray. Lord God, you saw us lost and wandering about in the wilderness, and you sent your Son to both proclaim and be the good news of your love. Focus our Christmas preparations on hearing you, that we may be led out of the chaos and into your peace. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.