The first reading contrasts the desert with blooming flowers. The gospel contrasts the absolute trust that those carrying the paralyzed man and the legalistic Pharisees. This season of Advent is indeed a season of contrasts. Just when we think Jesus could not startle us any more, he does. Jesus not only heals, he forgives sins. God makes deserts bloom. At every turn, we see the gift of new life.
As we finish the first week of Advent and begin the second, where is your journey this Advent? How have you made room for the Spirit of God? Where do you see yourself filled with expectation at what God will do?