Note: I didn’t realise Baruch was only RC Canon, so it’s being used here just as a source to emphasise the message given in the other passages.
The Second Sunday of Advent
Today’s reading there was a choice between Malachi 3:1-4 and Baruch 5:1-9. I didn’t know which one to choose so I went forth with the other readings to see what common themes there were. The next three readings were LUke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11 & Luke 3:1-6.
When reading Philippians I found that the text was very similar to that of 1 Thessalonions 3:9-13 which was a reading previous in the week about encouraging each other of growth in the Lord, and also linked to the discussion of discernment in Malachi 3:18 (from a previous reading). Between all these 3 passages I found a common message, that we must go follow the way of the Lord.
“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
“And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” Phil 1:9-11
“…as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” Luke 3:4-6
From here I looked at both Baruch and Malachi and found that Baruch, despite being additional to the Protestant Bible, fitted perfectly for this theme of following God’s path.
“Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne. For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command.
For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.” Baruch 5:5-9
I’ve taken “to make level ground” from Baruch literally and given an absolute flat horizon. I’ve also darkened the middle section of the land to emphasise a ‘path’ as per the theme. The text overlayed comes from the first Luke reading, Philippians and Baruch, regarding what being on that path is about.
Mixed media (watercolour, photo and digital editing)