John the Baptist: Witness in the Wilderness
John is not the Light; he is the servant sent to bear witness to the light.
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 (Advent 2: Series B)
Mark makes no effort to impress listeners or win votes. His voice aims only to prepare those who hear it for the coming of the Lord.
Epistle: 2 Peter 3:8-14 (Advent 2: Series B)
The sneak-peek vision of the world to come, a preview of the Last Day, the Day of the Lord, has already been revealed, declares Peter.
Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-11 (Advent 2: Series B)
Isaiah invokes beautiful imagery of the Good Shepherd who tends His flock, gathers His lambs in His arms, carries them in His bosom, and gently leads.
Preaching Advent: Some Insights from Hermann Sasse
Advent is something of a liturgical speed bump that slows us down lest we rush to Christmas but forget that the baby born in Bethlehem will return with glory and power to judge the living and the dead.