Second Sunday of Advent
In today’s second reading, Paul candidly admits that I pray always with joy for all of you because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now. Paul spread the Gospel together with other missionaries, and always included as “partners” the people he converted from the “first day” of their baptism onward. Paul impressed on his converts from the beginning that they were members of the one body of Christ, equal in dignity and responsible for the growth or decline of the new kingdom. He made them feel needed and appreciated.
The little-known prophet Baruch, centuries before Paul, speaks words of hope and renewed life to the Israelites exiled in captivity in Babylon for almost 50 years and predicts that God will bring them back to Jerusalem, to rebuild the city, the destroyed Temple, and their lives. In poetic terms, Baruch describes how God will lead Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice for company. Jerusalem, as God’s city, will be the center of the Jewish faith once again, and its exiled people will again feel needed and appreciated by their God.
In the gospel Luke introduces the gaunt figure of John the Baptist, who borrows the challenging words of second Isaiah and calls the people to prepare the way of the Lord . . . that all flesh may see the salvation of God.
Today, December 9, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament celebrates the 56th anniversary of the canonization of our founder, Peter Julian Eymard, by Pope John XXIII in 1962. The Church has rightfully called him the “Apostle of the Eucharist” for pointing out Jesus Eucharistic as the center and summit of our faith.
We’re all in the business of salvation together as members of the one body of Christ on earth. That real, though sacramental, body of Christ is localized in the Eucharist. As St. Peter Julian Eymard often said, “Jesus is there, so everyone to him!”
Is my heart ready?
Come, thou long awaited Jesus, born to set thy people free!
From our fears and sins release us. Let us find our rest in thee.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)