Advent is upon us.  I grew up participating in a non-liturgical church, and so I didn’t really get into or understand the idea of Advent until I made it to Bel Air Presbyterian in LA.  I love the idea and liturgy of Advent.  Looking in the dictionary, the first definition of the word is not a strictly Christian one but refers to the arrival of a notable person, thing or event ( the non-christian definitions in dictionaries are often most helpful in understanding the meaning of the Christian sense of the word).  How true is this celebration.  We don’t merely reserve a single day to celebrate Emmanuel (God With Us)  we set aside a whole season, including four Sundays to celebrate.  So on this second Sunday of Advent, we remember the coming Son of Man and we recall scripture and celebrate,

The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ “

grace and peace to you,

Make straight the paths, prepare the way of the Lord