St. John the Baptist Preaching (1601), by Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Courtesy of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn.
The voice of John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness and gathering great crowds invites us into the Second Sunday of Advent. An “Arts and Faith” video offers an imaginative prayer exercise inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s St. John the Baptist Preaching. Brueghel captures this moment as he presents a wooded wilderness embracing a colorful crowd. Left of center is John the Baptist, clad in camelhair, though we have to search the scene to find him. Instead of standing as a dominating figure, John is one of the crowd, one of the people who serves his peers with prophetic passion.