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Scripture Reflections - Dec. 10
Second Sunday of Advent


READINGS

Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1: 1-8

 

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Advent is a time of a time of “stirring up,” of rousing all of us to our roots, partly in the spirit of repentance, and even more in a rousing in joy to a world-shaking event.  

God is coming to earth in human form.  He will transform and renew us.

Of course, it happened a few thousand years ago, but it happens again through the power of the Holy Spirit this year too! 

We must be really alert and listening so as not to miss our chance for the gifts it brings.

In the first reading, God is pictured on His throne, surrounded by the angels.  He sends his prophet, Isaiah, with the news:  “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim to her that…her guilt is expiated”  

In effect, God says that they have suffered enough. “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low…” 

Then he tells his messengers to up a high mountain and shout: “Here is your God…Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms, he gathers the lambs…!”

St. Peter, in the second reading, is more urgent: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty  roar.”

He echoes John the Baptist in his plea for all people to repent and be cleansed of their sins.   Why? So that all will  benefit from the redemption promised by the Son who is to be born in Bethlehem is the God-man.

Christ  is Himself  the Gospel of Mark which tells us how important it is for us to hear the voice of John crying out in the  wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths... One mightier than I is coming after me.  I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals…”

There is definitely a note of urgency and excitement in Advent. 

How we all need to really listen God’s Word in these fast-moving two  weeks until Christmas Day! 

Spend some special prayer-time every single day as the Holy Spirit works powerfully to bring “Joy to the World.”

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