December 10, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Saint for the day: Blessed Adolph Kolping (December 8, 1813 – December 4, 1865)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11 –Psalm 40 – 2 Peter 3:8-14 – Mark 1:1-8

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of our God.” (Today’s Gospel Acclamation)

On this Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah gives us “comfort” in the promise that the adverse situation that we find ourselves in will, one day be turned around. The “mountains of our problems” will be leveled and a broad highway will appear before us as we seek to climb the mountain of he Lord. We are urged to stand on the heights and shout loud to those who are shrouded in fear and discouragement. This is the setting for us to hear the Gospel story of John the Baptist. That wild man dressed in camel skin and eating locust and wild honey who urges us to repent, be baptized and follow the Lord who is coming after him. Most of the people in the time of Jesus had a very strict understanding of who and what Messiah should be and look like and JB didn’t fit that image! How often have we “missed” meeting God in the person of Jesus because the image or picture that we have of God didn’t fit? Advent gives us that chance to change our perspective and rise up to meet God rather than waiting for some “pie-in-the-sky-Messiah” who fits more comfortably into our image of God. Remember, we are made in His image. Not the other way around. The Old Testament people had been so long in waiting that they had forgotten what the time of the Messiah would be like. We have to be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking, “that was then. This is now” and in our stubbornness miss out in something wonderful from God. The first scripture reading for today’s Liturgy is all about getting us back on the track. Most of the time we are just like the people of old testament and we forget that God plans to intervene into our world. In the Scripture from 2nd Peter we are pulled back with the words, “…with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.” Translated into our own understanding, that means that God, who is almighty, can be the now presence for me as if I was the only one in need of salvation. Advent gives us that chance to change our perspectives and receive the real presence of our Redeemer, Jesus, the Messiah who brings peace and healing into our world of pain and suffering. Often, where we miss out is the fact that we don’t think that the Gospel command to “go out … on the way” is exactly where we will meet the Messiah. But, of course, we still have to pick up our cross – whatever it might be – and follow. Amen!

 

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