Santa just really likes Coca-Cola.

Santa Claus.  One individual, one image that tells you everything about Christmas – childhood, nostalgia, product placement, trees, toys, product placement –  at least as far as pop culture is concerned (did I mention product placement?). 

Santa isn’t the only one.  A lot of individuals are also symbols of something else - the shorthand for, and the road into, something much larger than themselves. 

We already know the individual who is the shorthand for, and the road into, Advent – he’s standing in a river and he's got a message.

Last week’s readings introduced us to the most unusual character in the New Testament.  This week’s readings tell us why he's worth listening to.  More on this tomorrow. 

Readings for Sunday: