2nd Sunday of Advent
Dear Parish Family,
John went about the entire region of the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance which led to the forgiveness of sins. Penance and the changing of one’s ways, are familiar to anyone who knows the prophets of the Old Testament, as we hear in today’s First Reading. John the Baptist himself is the hinge or pivot between the Old and New Testaments. In the texts that describe him, he is seen as one who foreshadows the coming of the Messiah. We see that for two persons who were related as cousins, John the Baptist and Jesus were very different persons, and were each criticized, but for opposite things—Jesus for being a drunkard, and John, for not drinking at all. All times it seems that the only thing these cousins have in common is that they were unjustly persecuted.
Both close intimacy and an openness to others mark the reign of the Messiah, and the lives of those invited to His table. The rule which Jesus was born into this world to establish is not one which seeks to conquer other nations, but which rather invites children gathered from the east and west to share in God’s splendor, rejoicing that they are remembered by God.
Each of us as a member of Christ’s Body shares in the missionary command given to the Church. Each of us during Advent should consider who we should be inviting to share in the riches that we may have in our lives. It might not be who we think. If John the Baptist were to appear on our doorstep, it’s likely because he tells everyone like it is. When he speaks of sinners, he points out their sins. When he speaks of Christ, he points and shouts, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
In preparing for the birth of the Messiah, we give thanks that Jesus was born in order to die for us. His death is what we celebrate when we come before the alar to share in the Sacrifice of His life for us. If that life is worthily received by us in Holy Communion, we will seek out others in order to serve them, whether we believe they deserve our love and service or not.
On this Second Sunday of Advent, we ask God for strength always to speak the truth, whether it is convenient or inconvenient. More, we ask His grace so that we might always act according to the truth: that is, always love those in our life by showing a willingness to serve them by our words and actions. (hprweb.com)
God bless you,
Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG