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Advent 2B. December 7,2015 St. Francis Church
As John the Baptist pursues his eccentric ministry of river-dunkings for repentance, not something familiar to most Jews of his time, everyone in Jewish society is hoping for the Messiah to come in power. John the Baptizer’s glory, as theologian Krister Stendahl once put it, is that he is not it.(This must have been something of a relief to him!) John started out as a nobody, an anybody, from humble roots with few resources, yucky food and not even a dress shirt. His was a short ministry that changed the world a few degrees by pointing to the true Messiah – whose ministry was to be even more brief, yet uniquely world- and cosmos-changing. John is, even now, an emblem of the singular power of hope and the equal potency of repentance. He seems like a madman- many thought he was – but others found their lives transformed by his intervention - launched into new paths. He kept saying, “it’s not about me, it’s about the one who is coming! Believe it!” Each Advent, we are caught up anew in his energy and his passion, for we also are hoping for an Advent of the Messiah we also are insisting urgently that the world must change in the direction of the arc of divine justice.
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