The Isaiah reading not only forms the background to the ministry of John, the Baptizer, but also fills out his cryptic message in the Gospel reading. It is a message of forgiveness, comfort and liberation breaking forth with the coming of the Lord to the people of the Covenant. John, indeed prepared the way for the coming of the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
- Pray for those who cry out in the wilderness in our generation; for those with a deliberate lifestyle that reflect the message they bear from God.
- Give thanks for the work and witness of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.
Text: Fr Atsushi Shibaoka
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2017