Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday of Advent Year A (Matthew 3:1-12)

The wilderness or desert, the biblical place of testing and of beginnings provides the context for today’s gospel reading. The main protagonist is John the Baptizer. His food and clothing are desert-derived His voice is heard in the desert of Judea. The mention of Judea evokes the memory of Jesus’ birth notice ‘in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king’ (2:2).