Sunday’s Gospel (Mark) is a throwback to Advent. It brings back the face of Advent, John the Baptist. And it repeats an odd expression that John uses to talk about the one who was to come after him – about not being worthy to untie his sandals.
In John’s culture, the menial work of untying sandals is something done only by slaves. John uses that image to show the massive difference between himself and the one who will come after him.
Sometimes people exaggerate to get your attention, or to make a point.
But when the Gospel reveals just who John is talking about, it turns out that he isn’t exaggerating at all.
Okay, but how is this Epiphany, Part 2? More on that tomorrow.