I, Luke, on Advent
At first glance it’s hard to reconcile John the Baptist’s words in the Gospel with the other two lessons. Zephaniah proclaims a joyful celebration because their long-awaited king has come to bring the people home; and Paul tells the people of Philippi to rejoice always; while John growls out some warnings. Looking deeper, however, we see how they are connected. “Rejoice” is the answer to everything! Those who ask, “What should we do?” are told to be generous, honest, and content—all symptoms of joyfulness. As we wait for our coming king, can we living that kind of rejoicing life, too?