Scripture: “Prepare the way…”
“Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news.” “Raise your voice… raise it; don’t be afraid” (Mark 1: 1-15 and Isaiah 40: 1-11)
This Advent, we are looking to hear some comfort, some challenge and some good news. The prophet Isaiah and the four Gospel authors were writing in a time when people needed desperately to hear all of these as well. This first week, Isaiah and the gospel writer who published first–Mark–reassure the people that good news is beginning and yet they both say, “make yourself ready!” Raise your voices, change your hearts, get ready to be transformed, because now is the time. Have hope that we can do what needs to be done to bring more light into the world.