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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT - YEAR A
A voice cries in the desert: prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. (Matthew 3:3)
The Judean desert has traditionally been a place for Bedouins and a hiding place for refugees, e.g. David escaping Saul. Lying to the East of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, it is an array of arid hills and canyons falling from the mountain heights to the Dead Sea. The desert is a dangerous environment lacking in water and life—a land of barrenness and deprivation where one loses all sense of direction. It is also a land of profound silence that has haunted many seekers of a deeper spiritual life. John the Baptist emerges from the desert crying out for us to change our ways.
Many seekers of God have experienced an interior desert. No comfort of God’s presence; no certainty of where we are going; a silence that begets the question, “Where is God?” Preparation for Christmas can be a desert time for us as we cope with the demands of a consumerist society in the midst of a world of inequality, poverty and violence. We lose our way as we chase the next sale item. We forget which way leads to life. The voices of refugees coming from the Middle Eastern deserts today challenge us to change our priorities.
Then the Lord will truly come and be God with us, our Emmanuel.
Give me the Grace O Loving God, to hear the voices calling to me from the deserts of our world. Show ne how to change my ways and make you present in our world through compassion and generosity to those in need. Then this Christmas will truly be a celebration of Emmanuel, God is with us. Amen.
Sr Eileen Brown SGS
Emmanuel Daily Advent & Christmas Reflections, Wollongong Diocese