A Moment before the 2nd Sunday in Advent
This Sunday’s first reading reaches back to last Sunday’s first reading.
Last Sunday, the first reading was all about God’s promise of salvation. This Sunday, the first reading doesn’t wait for the obvious question. “When?”
Without even being asked, we get the answer to the unspoken question. With the only thing you really want to hear after a “when” question.
Sunday's Gospel puts it all in context. The front half puts things into the larger (secular) historical context.
The back half of the Gospel ties into the history of God's people. And God's promise of a Messiah to deliver them. It tells us when. And it tells us why.
So what’s being put into context?
John’s baptism of repentance. Cleaning things up on the inside.
To prepare the way for the Lord.