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Prepare a way for the Lord
Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 3:4

The late Muriel Lester was an amazing woman. As a teenager, she quit the busy rounds of social life in London and rented a humble room because she wanted to serve the poor. Out of this small beginning came "Kingsley Hall," one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in London restoring health and hope to a great many people. Because Muriel Lester was especially concerned about the problems associated with alcoholism, she built Kingsley Hall in the midst of an area containing no less than thirty saloons. She was so effective at bringing rehabilitation and hope to others that people came from all over the world to study and learn from her. As she moved into advanced years, her concern about the world deepened. A letter she wrote to a friend which reflects her concern reads in part:

“How can the world recover? Is it moving its last time around the sun? I know God has other worlds and, probably, wonderful beings -- managing better than we to preserve their worlds from the absurd super-sensitivity and pride that start us grumbling and pitying ourselves -- and resenting others so much that eventually, it leads to the murder and torture of children via war. I will interrupt this letter while I get ready for Church. I must not hurry at all -- ever-else the pain comes. What a lot we learn as our bodies grow older and more stubborn! But what a wonderful increase of joy and serenity!”

This letter reflects a deeply sensitive Christian woman's concern about our world and her feeling about the end of the world (which the Bible talks so much about). But the really poignant thing about the letter is the postscript, added by her nurse. It reads, "Half an hour after writing this letter, Muriel Lester died. She was writing about the end of the world not knowing that while she wrote, she was making her own last turn around the sun."

In today's Gospel Lesson, John the Baptist heralds the coming of the Messiah, "proclaiming a baptism of repentance" (Lk. 3:4). Jesus began His public [...]


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