A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
As I researched for this week, I came across amazing photos of the Judean desert. It is vast, bare, brown and rocky. Something akin to a moonscape. It’s amazing to imagine John wandering there, wrapped in skins and eating locusts. What an unlikely figure to announce the fulfillment of God’s ancient promise. Or is it?
The prophets weren’t exactly mainstream characters, after all. They are bold, weird, relentless, marginal, friendless, fierce, and… hopeful. And that’s just starters.
Unlike predeccesors Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, who speak from the city, John calls out to us from the wilderness. An untamed place. A place without order. A place that’s unpredictable.
To make the way straight, to prepare a path for an inbreaking God is wilderness work. Advent invites us to journey out past the safe places, the easy places, to stand in each other’s wildernesses. And from their, to lift up our voices.
Mass is this Sunday at 11 a.m.
In gratitude for your companionship on this journey,
An Ecumenical Catholic Community
cháris Χάρις khar’ece
Our name means grace, good will, loving-kindness, favor; of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.