Sunday, December 10
The Second Sunday of Advent
Mark 1: 1-8
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”
John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
It is with vivid image that Saint Mark chooses to begin his Gospel we will hear at this Sunday’s Mass by describing the coming of Jesus, God’s Son and anointed one. Isaiah’s prophesy that will be proclaimed in the 1st reading is being fulfilled in a new way: one more powerful than John the Baptist is coming to lead God’s people home, to set them free from the tyranny of sin and death to live in the homeland of God’s kingdom, which, Jesus, proclaims, is breaking into the world.
As we light the second candle of our Advent wreath, both within our own homes and here at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, may we realize that the timeless message of Advent is that our patient God is the God who comes to us not just at Jesus’ birth, and not just at the end of time. God comes to us in our time of need, our time of exile, whenever we are lost in the wilderness of sin, fear or suffering. We are called simply to respond to the Good News that in Jesus Christ we meet the God whose coming sets us free and brings us home to our true selves.
May the Lord, who comes to us set us free, walk with you closely this day and in the days to come, so He may lead you in the paths of holiness.