2nd Sunday of Advent

Published on Dec 30th, 2011 by Austin Keith | 0

Each year as the Church enters into Advent we are challenged to resolve ourselves to be and see things in a new way. On the 2nd Sunday of Advent we always listen to the passage of St. John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness to “Prepare the Way of the Lord.” We begin the Gospel of St, Mark, a journey that will take us throughout this coming year, with the reference to Isaiah the Prophet, echoing this message; “make straight the path”. It is so important to remember that at no time does St. John ever-present himself as the Savior, the One to come! To do this, he finds it necessary to “go out” away from the craziness of politics and self-aggrandizement, in order to find peace and the strength to live accordingly, in a lonely quiet place.

At this point in our journey of Advent, we are attempting to “prepare” ourselves for the Christ Child’s arrival while learning the New Roman Missal. If anything, we are being challenged (teaching old dogs new tricks) to prayerfully change a pattern that most of us have grown up with; prayers that we can recite without thinking. And just maybe, that’s one of the points for the change. To again listen to what we say, (not recite) and mean it! Unlike St. John, we do not have the luxury of going to “a far out place” but we must pray and prepare in the midst of the chaos. And, for better or worse, we do get through it!

May God please aid us in our attempts to be good, to be holy, to be patient, to be wise. May we not fail for the push of advertisements to “buy” things to display our love, but live our love for all that God has given to us.

In closing, let us pay close attention to what St. Peter says in his Second Letter and may his words give us comfort in our challenge to be good:
Do not ignore this one face, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise as some regard ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:8ff)

May God Bless You,

Father John