The Cathedral Connection 8 December 2019

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As we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent, it is important not to lose track of the first. Last week, Michael Fletcher reminded us that Advent invites us to pay attention to what is going on in our own environment and our own hearts.

Today’s gospel is a further warning as John the Baptist encounters the Pharisees and Sadducees arriving for John’s baptism of repentance. John’s description of them as “progeny of vipers” seems a little harsh, but the Baptist exposes them as people who did not appreciate or chose to ignore what was in their hearts.

The Pharisees and Sadducees did not, in John’s words, produce fruit worthy of repentance and relied instead on their physical descent from Abraham.

As John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus, let us take his warnings seriously and look at our own hearts in preparation for the coming of Jesus.

Nicholas Burley
Parish Council Member 

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