A voice crying in the wilderness



Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B

based on Mark 1: 1 - 8


I heard a voice
crying out in the wilderness.

I heard a voice
echoing from long ago.

I heard a voice
arriving and calling now.

I heard a voice
'prepare the way of the Lord'.

I heard a voice:
urgent beginning of good news.

I heard a voice
shouting of one more powerful to come.

I heard a voice:
crying good news at the edge.

I heard a voice:
shouting truth in lost desert fringes.

I heard a voice:
changing hearts towards God and neighbour.

I heard a voice
proclaiming through muddy Jordan water.

I heard a voice
pronouncing, 'you are forgiven'.

I heard a voice
announcing the One to come.

I heard a voice
like a finger pointing to One who is good news.

I heard a voice
and began to look for Christ in the wilderness.

I heard a voice
and replied, 'ready or not, come, Lord Jesus'.







Comments

  1. Interesting take on today's reading. We're waiting twice at the moment. 1st for the Nativity and secondly for the Kingdom. Wonder how many people have their priorities in this order?

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    1. It was my personal 'take' in a 'waiting' moments and a more or less spontaneous reflection inspired by yesterday's gospel reading and especially by the idea of John the Baptist as 'the voice' - a voice that was heard and still needs to be heard. Now you've set me off on a new train of thought - 'waiting twice'. Does there have to be an order? Is it the same present moment waiting. Is the kingdom of God seen in a newborn baby? Already arrived but with so much more to come?

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