Every time Advent rolls around, I remind people to go back to the words of that most famous of Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” We hear, “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.” Until we can move into the spiritual space suggested by those words, we will not catch the meaning of this season.
Reading 1 – Isaiah 63:16-19, 64:2-7
Psalm – Psalm 80:2-19
Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel – Mark 13:33-37