Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We are now into the second week of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. Waiting in our modern times has become problematic due to the expectations we place on ourselves and each other in a world where everything is expected to be instant.

In our gospel reading for today we read the first section in the Gospel of Mark. Unlike the other gospels the author of Mark begins with John the Baptist’s ministry. Many in those days were waiting. Waiting for a sign from God, but they didn’t expect it to look like John the Baptist. The Jews were looking for a Messiah to lead them against the Romans, but they weren’t anticipating a prophet telling them to repent.

As we patiently and expectantly wait for the celebration of Christ’s birth and his coming again is there anything in our lives that we need to repent? Are there any expectations that we need to rethink? Advent is a time of waiting. As we wait my prayer is that we can find time and space to reflect on our lives and consider what it is in our own lives that we need to repent.

God’s peace, Scott