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4 December 2016



[Matthew 3: 1-10]

Be Prepared

During the Rio Olympics and Paralympics in the summer, I listened to our athletes talking about their preparation. They spoke – sometimes with tears of joy, sometimes with tears of disappointment – about the four years of preparation for this one event, having been ready to give up so much in order to focus on the Olympic prize. They spoke of athletes who had gone before them and how they had inspired them to greater efforts. They didn’t rest on the laurels of those previous achievements. They knew that what mattered was the effort and commitment they put into their own race. And many spoke about the legacy they hoped for: of inspiring others to come after them and make the same effort to be ready for the big day.

John the Baptist makes the same challenge to his kinsmen and women. They had been waiting for centuries for the Messiah. But had they also been preparing for His Day? We are part of the great story of God’s people. During this time of Advent, we reflect on that time of waiting for the coming of Christ, the Lord; as we wait for his coming again in Glory. How are we preparing? Will we be ready on the great Day of the Lord? Let us begin our own training now, and be ready to do anything, to give up anything in order to be prepared and fit when Christ comes.


For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 32-36