"PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD"
During the last few years we have received various reminders to be alert to terrorist attacks, to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, rain and snow, and to medical epidemics, such as ebola. These events encourage us to be ready and prepared. Personal events, such as a diagnosis of cancer or other terminal illness, may also cause us to reflect on the meaning and purpose of life. Are we ready and prepared?
The season of Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of JESUS at Christmas. The second Sunday of Advent includes the theme “Prepare the Way of the Lord” in the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8. The prophet Isaiah called the people to repentance, to change their ways, and to trust in the promises of God. The last prophet, John the baptizer, called the people to “repent of their sins and be baptized” as God comes into their midst through His Son, Jesus. God continues to prepare our hearts for His coming into our lives. As the Holy Spirit works through the Word and Sacraments, God’s grace and mercy touch us with forgiveness, life and salvation. Daily we have opportunity to reflect on God’s purpose for our lives. His Mission IS Our Mission. We “go and make disciples” of all nations, including India. Indeed, the Malabar Mission Society continues to support the mission work of the Pastors and Gospel Workers in India as they proclaim the Good News of God’s love in Jesus, our Saviour!
John prepared the people for the coming of Jesus. He preached saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.” Indeed, God’s Son has come down to us and we too are unworthy, but He comes to die on the cross so that we might have forgiveness. He rose on Easter morning to proclaim His victory over death and give us new life and hope for eternity. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Saviour.
Continue to share the Gospel at every opportunity. Daily pray for the workers. May God continue to bless the workers and the proclaiming of God’s love in Jesus, our Saviour. Your faithful prayer and financial support are sincerely appreciated.
Rev. Howard Ulmer