for Sunday, December 4, 2011
Always on this Second Sunday of Advent we hear about John the Baptist.
Today we hear his words: One mightier than I is coming after me. John is
always humble in our Gospels. He is always pointing to Jesus Christ,
sending others to Jesus Christ and preaching about the One who is to come.
Advent is all about the One who is to come. Advent is about preparing the
way of the Lord in the desert. The themes and the images given to us from
the Scriptures of Advent are so deep and compelling! At the heart of this
imagery is the one statement of the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading
today: Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Advent is a
time of joy and expectation because God has promised us a Redeemer. Advent
is celebrating the One who is to come, who is our Redeemer.
Our Redeemer is not like a worldly king, nor like an elected president.
He is not one who rules with the power of force and arms. No, our Redeemer
is like a shepherd who feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care. Our Redeemer
is one who loves us and who is conquering the world with His love.
The second reading, from the Second Letter of Saint Peter, tells us in
simplicity that according to his promise we await new heavens and a new
earth in which righteousness dwells. In this time of Advent we can
increase our longing for righteousness, in ourselves, in one another, in
our world. Longing for what is right and good, seeking to do what is right
and good, striving to be people of love and righteousness - this can
transform us and our world.
May John the Baptist point us on the right path, to follow the Redeemer,
the One who is to come and who is mightier that I. May our reading of the
Holy Scriptures in this time of Advent help us open our hearts and our
minds so that we come to perceive the divine at work in our world. May we
follow our loving Shepherd so that the world will be transformed in His
Readings of the day:
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