In worship we picked up the theme of being joyful and rejoicing. Our Gospel today brings back John the Baptist and his railing at the Israelites “You brood of vipers” and the direction that all we need to do is be hospitable, loving, and generous. There’s no magic formula, just connection with our community as detailed by God. But the theme of joyfulness also had the backdrop of Paul’s letter to the Philippians and his direction to “not worry about anything” (NRSV translation). Our journey in Advent invites us to consider what we worry about and how our search for God’s Peace in the here-and-now helps us not be anxious.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

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