This is the second instalment of the ADVENT SERIES with the Department of Sacred Scriptures, Hebrew and Greek
In the desert the cry runs with the echoes: “prepare the way of the Lord”. Who can give heed to such a cry in the desert? The scorpions? Maybe this outcry was not just uttered in the physical desert of Judea, but also in the desert of human life! The people of Jerusalem and all Judah were going out in the desert to listen to the Baptist as if seeking to quench their thirst there. The Gospel began in the desert of their lives. May it begin in the desert of my life! I find myself asking: What areas in my life constitute a desert? A difficult situation? A psychological issue? A difficult person? An injustice? The desert in my life can be a myriad of things that are weighing me down. Many times I find myself crying out to God: “this desert is going to claim my life” (see Exodus 16:2-4).
I have seen the Bedouins of the desert sow their wheat on the scorched clay slopes of the wilderness. Ridiculous one might think. A futile feat! How could they ever expect to reap anything there! And yet, a few millimetres of rain, and the slopes turn green and full of life. In the desert of my life I often choose to short-circuit everything! I stand there, grumbling and mumbling, bitter towards life, playing eternal victim, sarcastically deriding the Bedouins. All I ever needed to do was sow. I expected readymade bread; I was given seeds, and a few raindrops. I’d better get working. I still have to sow, water, reap, mill, prepare the dough, and bake the bread!