Dec 10, Wednesday

Wednesday, December 10 ✬ Repent!

 

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If your family is using an Advent wreath with candles, light two candles today using the following liturgy.

I will listen to what the Lord God is saying;
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people who turn their hearts to him;
[Light the candles]

The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our Lord God will stand forever.
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying;
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people who turn their hearts to him.

Mark 1:1-4

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of
repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Mark begins his gospel with familiar words from the prophet Isaiah. Mark’s good news
of Jesus Christ rests firmly on the foundation of Isaiah’s word of hope. God’s promise to
lead the people out of exile is trustworthy and is now coming to pass yet again. Just as
God delivered the Israelites from their bondage to slavery in Egypt, and just as God
returned the exiles in Babylon to their homes in Jerusalem, God is now preparing to
deliver the people of the first century from the power of the spiritual forces that bind
them, including the oppressive power of Roman occupation. God desires freedom
rather than slavery for everyone.

According to Mark, however, there is one crucial, preliminary step the people must
take. They must “repent” and be forgiven of their sins. The word “repent” literally
means “turn back.” The people must turn away from their participation in powers of
injustice and turn back to God.

Advent is the season when we prepare ourselves again for the coming of Christ. It is the
season when we turn away from our old patterns and behaviors shaped by the world’s
standards, and turn back again to the ways of God revealed in the person of Jesus
Christ.

For Reflection

In what areas of your life do you need to turn in a new direction toward God in Christ?
How do the patterns of Jesus Christ show you the way forward in these areas of your
life?

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