Last Sunday’s readings were subtle. The Old Testament reading (Isaiah) told us how to spot the messenger (“the voice of one crying out in the desert”). The Gospel reminded us of Isaiah’s clues, and then let us put the pieces together to figure out who John was.
This Sunday’s Gospel (John) also reminds us of Isaiah’s clues, and then shows John calling himself “the voice of one crying in the desert.” And, just in case we didn’t get it, the Gospel also directly tells us that John was sent from God. It’s about as subtle as a flying brick.
And that’s John – sent from God, and about as subtle as a flying brick. Which tells us why his message has so much impact. But more important than John and his message is the one coming after John.
More on this tomorrow.