The Advent readings are often rich in imagery. Today is no exception. We hear in Isaiah God calling out for comfort for his people. A voice cries out to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight the way. Every low thing shall be lifted up and every high made low. The Lord’s arrival means a turning upside down of all that we know. It is not something to be feared though. God provides comfort in this second week of Advent, as we light the second candle, often associated with peace. God will gather the people to his bosom and gently lead them to the One who nourishes.
In the second reading of 2 Peter 3. 8-14, the last line says that while we wait, we should strive to be found by God in peace. Amidst all the scary images of this particular reading, the recommendation is to wait with peaceful hearts. The Gospel has John preaching a baptism of repentance. This wild one knew what was to come and that we needed to change our hearts and lives. We needed to prepare in profound ways.
How are you preparing the way this Advent? Are you carving out any quiet moments to receive the One who is Coming?