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The Second Sunday of Advent - Year A

Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4–13
Matthew 3:1–12

‘His delight shall be in the fear of the
Lord’ (Isaiah 11.3).Yes, no doubt, but
the Hebrew word for ‘delight’ actually
means ‘smell’. This may be just a
metaphor, borrowed perhaps from the
cultic contexts in which God delights
in the pleasing odour of sacrifices,
but the reason for taking it thus is our
modern, Western downgrading of the
sense of smell as the most accurate
judge of situations and people. It may
sound absurd to us, but to this day
in several cultures there are people
who stand at the doors of churches

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays year A by NT Wright

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