SERMON – Advent 2b – December 7, 2014
The Rev. Dr. William A. Heisley
Lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
“Let us attend!” I began last Sunday’s sermon with those words that are cried out at liturgies in the Orthodox churches. “Let us attend” calls people to pay attention to the gospel that will be sung. “Let us attend!” is the strident call to pay attention to the coming of Jesus into the midst of the people.
But attending to God’s coming to the people is not a thing that was new with Jesus. The ancient Jews were called over and over to attend to their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Sarah, to attend to their God coming to them throughout their history. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.” Comfort…comfort. In Hebrew linguistics this is called a double imperative. It is not a longing. It is a command. “Comfort my people,” says God. Do it now. Do it well. (more…)