Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
When reeds shake they whisper, but John the Baptist whom we remember today didn’t whisper, John spoke boldly calling all to be prepared.
This, the 3rd Sunday of Advent is the Sunday is a day of rejoicing, the liturgical colour is lightened to rose. Rejoicing is rarely done quietly it is usually a noisy affair, but this rejoicing that John was proclaiming was different. Repent, John cried, be like a reed in the wind ready to bend to the wind of the Spirit. People want to rejoice, but rejoicing sometimes comes from the most unexpected of places. Saying sorry for things we have done or not done can bring about rejoicing as bridges are built and fractures healed.
Let us be prepared to be shaken like reeds, let us not be stiff necked people unprepared to let the wind of the Holy Spirit bend us into the people God wants us to be.