For Meditation on The Third Week of Advent (10 Days Until the “Birth” of Jesus)

A Reading

<%image(20051215-judeanwilderness.jpg|128|76|judeanwilderness)%>The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the prophet of Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messenger in front of you to prepare your way before you. A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. John the Baptist was in the desert, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 1:1–4

The Refrain
Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him,* that his glory may dwell in our land.
Psalm 85:9