In Week 2 of Advent we look at the meaning of Peace. Again it seems that those that created our church traditions were being ironic. It is hard to feel peaceful when our Scripture readings focus on John the Baptist.
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.” John 1: 6-8
John’s job was to let people know that the Messiah was coming. He often did that by yelling. He wore weird clothes and ate bugs. He made people uncomfortable so that they could listen to his message of change. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people didn’t want to listen to him. People don’t like change, especially those who like the current system. Those in power, those who are catered to, those whose values are reflected in the system don’t want it to change. They hear a message of change in fear for what they might lose rather than in hope for what they might gain. John came with a message so people would not be surprised. They had a chance to prepare themselves for what was coming.
Now I cannot be a fan of Scar. He is the bad guy. He plans fratricide, regicide, infanticide, and who knows how many other kinds of –cide. He does get one thing right though. When big changes are coming it is a good idea to be prepared for them. Change is hard, but sometimes we get a little bit of warning. Sometimes we get the opportunity to be prepared. Of course, no one makes us take advantage of that opportunity. Like the many people who didn’t like John’s message and chose to ignore it, we stick our heads under a pillow and pretend that if we can’t see it, the change won’t come.
The message of preparation and peace go hand in hand. When we can get ourselves prepared for what is coming it is easier for us to feel peaceful about change. Wouldn’t be nice if we always had a chance to prepare ourselves? How much more peaceful would our lives be if we could be prepared?
Peace and preparation definitely go hand in hand in this season of Advent.
“So prepare for a chance of a lifetime
Be prepared for sensational news
A shining new era is tiptoeing nearer”
“And where do we feature?”
“Just listen to teacher
I know it sounds sordid but you’ll be rewarded
When at last I am given my dues!
And in justice deliciously squared
Scar & the Hyenas
The Lion King