Second Sunday of Advent Year A.
Here in the words of Isaiah we find the meaning of Advent: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
Prepare a way into your heart, a straight path into your heart, into you, so that Christmas becomes what it should be, an encounter with Jesus Christ.
It’s worth noting that John is preaching in the wilderness – we might be too!
As the Pharisees and the Sadducees approach he calls them a brood of vipers!
Vipers bite, they’re also poisonous!
The Pharisees and the Sadducees represent every spiritually corrupt Catholic – like vipers they poison the work of God!
John asks about who warned them to flee from the retribution that is coming?
Now we need to understand retribution here because in this context the retribution of God is very different to what we understand it to be.
As the life of Jesus unfolded the retribution of God turned out to be the fact that many couldn’t receive Jesus because they were spiritually corrupt – and corruption is nothing more than placing self at the centre.
God in Jesus Christ, when he walked the earth, just passed them by, not that Jesus wanted to pass them by, but they were incapable of receiving Jesus, incapable of offering Jesus a heart that he could enter, fill … because it was already full.
So the retribution of God turns out to be a life incapable of receiving Jesus Christ.
Now there’s a very real danger that the same is happening here, Sunday after Sunday, year after year, sometimes for a whole lifetime!
That Jesus just passes us by, that there’s no way in, no room at the Inn; that on Christmas night/day Jesus won’t be born within you – me – us!
And there’s only one reason why that can happen – because we’re full of other stuff! Because we’re somewhere else!
So use Advent, prepare Him a way, empty your heart – let Him in!