These readings in early Advent are perfect for the season. I am to take time during the season to sit back and reflect on the coming Messiah. The passage from Isaiah is clear, God teaches and we follow. As Isaiah states if we follow God good prosperity follows. Yet, in Matthew’s gospel, the people at the time had a hard time hearing and discerning even from Jesus. When John the Baptist preached, many at the time claimed he was possessed “by a demon.” Christ was accused of being a drunkard, a glutton in addition to a lover of sinners and tax collectors. How confused the people of that time were on who the messiah would be and what his earthly mission was. Little did they know that loving sinners was exactly one of his purposes.