“A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people”

Advent's mood of expectation and preparation is caught explicitly in the reference in today's Gospel to the sense of expectancy among the people listening to the Baptist.

Our expectation is not of the historical coming of the Messiah but of his final coming and of the full realisation of God's Kingdom.

Today's Gospel passage follows last week's section which introduced us to John the Baptist down by the Jordan, beginning his ministry.

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