In this Do You Know Series video, Pastoral Associate Biagio Mazza takes a closer look at the backdrop for three key symbols of Advent – the Advent Wreath, the Jesse Tree and the manger.
As we enter into a new liturgical year beginning with the Advent season, this Do You Know video examines why John the Baptist is so prominent during the Advent Season. Advent is a time of waiting and of joyful anticipation and expectation for the coming of the Lord. We celebrate the Lord’s coming 2000 years ago as a baby, his return at the end of time, and his constant and abiding presence here with us now. According to Scripture, John the Baptist’s identity and mission are to prepare the way for the Lord’s coming. The second and third Sundays of Advent in every Lectionary year, focus on John the Baptist sharing his wisdom regarding the best way to prepare for the coming of the Lord. In the second Sunday of Advent in Lectionary Year C, John the Baptist challenges us to prepare the way of the Lord by levelling mountains and filling in valleys, thus making a straight and direct path for our God. In the third Sunday of Advent in Lectionary Year C, John speaks of various ways in which we can make a straight way for our God. First we should be content with what we have and share that with others. Secondly, we should live justly, always building right relationships with all, treating all with dignity, respect and of infinite worth, even those we do not like. Thirdly, to be people who advocate and promote peace. John challenges us to be people who share, who live justly and who work for peace. This message is countercultural to our lived experience, especially during Advent. That is why the liturgy provides John the Baptist as a focal point for what Advent and preparing the way for the Lord are all about.