December 6, 2020

Second Sunday in Advent

“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1).

During these days of Advent, I set aside time to listen to Handel’s Messiah and reflect on the words of God spoken through the prophet. There is a sorrow in God who looks upon the suffering endured by the chosen people living in exile in Babylon. The words are tender, full of love, and hope. Mark’s gospel echoes this in describing the ministry of John the Baptist. A voice of one crying in the desert: prepare the way of the Lord. Jesus is introduced as the fulfillment of God’s promise, the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

The attraction of John the Baptist is mysterious. People flocked to him to be told the truth. They listened because of what they saw, someone who was a man of minimal needs, not given to pleasures, comforts, or money, but was passionate about God.

John preached forgiveness as the special gift of God celebrated in Advent. We are a forgiven people, and welcome the forgiveness of God in our repentance. This means we are grateful for forgiveness—that we do not have to carry the burden of our sin, hatred, and failings forever.

This Advent, strive to live the Eucharist. Saint Peter Julian realize that in communion we become the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. …the tabernacle where God gives his oracles, allows the soul to hear his gentle and kind voice, reveals his truths, draws her to charity, and fills her with the gifts of goodness. It is the reign of God in the soul. (A Thought for Every Day, page 132). Give time to listen to the voice that brings comfort and tenderness. Go to those who need to receive comfort and kindness from you as the greatest gift Christmas can offer in our time.

Let Us Pray:

Advent admonishes us to discover in each brother and sister we greet, in each friend whose hand we shake, in each beggar who asks for bread, the face of Christ. It is not possible to rob them, to cheat them, to deny them their request. They are Christ present before us. Whatever we do to them will be as done to him. This is Advent, Christ living among us in our own humanity. Amen.


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