So far, Advent has been centered on one figure. The first week gave us the prophecies about him. And for the last two weeks, John the Baptist has been the face of Advent.
This Sunday gives us the same powerful images that we’ve been seeing about the Messiah, the Christ. But it’s not just the same-old, same-old. There’s something different here.
Sunday’s first reading (Micah) lets us know that John’s not alone. That there’s another forerunner. One who is literally indispensable for what’s about to happen.
And Sunday’s Gospel (Luke)? It tells exactly who that forerunner is. And that her time is now.
“God’s purposes and plans are first revealed in a private meeting between two women on the edge of society.” – N.T. Wright