Advent Readings: Sunday December 15, 2013

Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-11

As you read and reflect on God’s Word, notice what brings you hope, joy, or peace. Be alert to the areas of your life that may seem dark, vague, even doubtful. John the Baptizer is an icon for us of humility, simplicity, clear vision and confidence in the One who comes to us. His is a life of descent rather than ascent. Jesus said the poor in spirit will be blessed and receive the kingdom of heaven (Mt.5:3). Be attentive to how the kingdom of heaven comes to you in places of poverty.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What provisions have you received recently that testify of the goodness of God’s kingdom coming to earth?
  2. How does Jesus’ teaching: the least are greater than John the Baptizer, bring hope to the places of poverty in your own life today?
  3. What places in your life seem confined, hard, doubtful? Talk honestly to God about these things. John the Baptizer sent messengers to Jesus in his confusion. Let the words of our Advent prayer help you vocalize your requests: O Lord Come!

– Elizabeth Khorey and Michelle Sudduth