For the four Sundays of Advent, Bondings 2.0 will feature reflections on the day’s Scripture readings by New Ways Ministry’s Associate Director, Matthew Myers. The liturgical readings for the Second Sunday of Advent are Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6. You can read the texts by clicking here.
When I first read the passage from Luke, at first I really struggled to understand why the Gospel writer would list several prominent civil and religious leaders by name — Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias, Annas, and Caiaphas — before introducing John the Baptist. How does their mention contribute to the story, if at all? I grappled with this question until I had the idea to re-write the Gospel using people from today:
–Matthew Myers, New Ways Ministry