2nd Sunday of Advent, C18
In the reading of Scripture, you have to pay attention to the placement of words, phrases, and whole sections.
For instance in today’s Gospel Luke begins his account of John the Baptizer (and eventually Jesus) with a list of people who governed the Jewish people either civilly or religiously. Did you notice who they were or did your mind wander when Deacon John read their names and positions? Luke named them because they would show up later at the end of Jesus’s ministry when they would play important roles in his death. The seeds of the end are planted at the beginning.