He knows that Jesus is doing “the works of the Messiah,” foretold in today’s First Reading and Psalm. But John wants his disciples — and us — to know that the Judge is at the gate, that in Jesus our God has come to save us.

The liturgy of Advent takes us out into the desert to see and hear the marvelous works and words of God: the lame leaping like a stag, the dead raised, the good news preached to the poor (see Isaiah 29:18–2061:1–2).

The liturgy does this to give us courage, to strengthen our feeble hands and make firm our weak knees. Our hearts can easily become frightened and weighed down by the hardships we face. We can lose patience in our sufferings as we await the coming of the Lord.  

Courtesy of Scott Hahn

Enjoy some beautiful Advent music while you read and reflect on the artwork for week I of Advent for 2022. We hope you will enjoy our series this year!