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Are you counting down the days until Christmas at your house? There is certain to be excitement and anticipation for all that this season holds. I'd guess that we each have some expectations of the season as well. We expect the Amazon delivery to show up as scheduled. We expect to have family fun on Christmas day. We expect that everyone around us will be as joyful as we are for Christmas. Sometimes we don't get what we expect, at Christmas, or other times of the year too. Simply put, people can't always live up to our expectations.
This weekend's Gospel isn't a happy, pre-baby Jesus, joy-filled, Christmas carol kind of a message. It's not quite what some may expect as they come to church for Advent. Matthew’s Gospel introduces us to John the Baptist and the expectations he declares to all of us. It’s a lesson that prepares our hearts for the coming of Christ.