Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Reflection by: Fr. Salvator Stefula, T.O.R.
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today we begin the Second Sunday of Advent. There are some important words that we hear during this Advent Season – be ready, be waiting, be prepared, repent. Advent reminds us that we have four weeks of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. However, Advent also calls us to prepare not only for Christmas, but for the day when Christ will call us to leave this world and to be part of His eternal kingdom.
Our first reading today is that part of Isaiah known as the “Book of Consolation.” The Jews were captured and made slaves in Babylon (Iraq today). God is about to set them free and allow them to return to their homeland.
Our Gospel today speaks about the message that was given by John the Baptist-“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths”. He proclaimed a baptism of repentance. Advent calls us to acknowledge God’s love through conversion. It is through conversion that our souls will be at peace and we will be ready when He calls us.
Merciful Father, help me to accept the grace of repentance and to make a good confession this Advent. Let my heart be opened to the healing love of your Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
– The Magnificat Advent Companion
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