07 Dec 2nd Sunday of Advent – Year – C
2nd Sunday of Advent – Year – C
Dear friends in Christ,
Hope is the grace of Advent. The Liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent in cycle C brings us a message of hope with the final words of Isaiah in today’s Gospel: “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Prophet Baruch in the First Readings offers a message of hope to the Israelites who were waiting for the salvation from God: “Jerusalem! Take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever, for God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice.”
St. Paul wrote the Second Reading to the Philippians in a very dark moment in his life, when he was in a Roman prison. Yet, the letter itself is the most hopeful and joyful of all his letters, as he was convinced that it is possible to be hopeful in even when things look hopeless: “This is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless and that the one who began the good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
In the Gospel, St. Luke confirms this message with John the Baptist who proclaims a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John points out the darkness inside us caused by our sins; he also points to the Lamb of God, in whom are forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
“Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” Advent prepares us to celebrate God’s great new start for all in Jesus. Repentance is therefore central to Advent preparation. Without repentance, the season of Christmas can simply mean a chance to over-indulgence and an excuse to self-gratification.
Advent brings us Hope for we believe that God could bring light out of darkness, forgiveness out of sins, and life out of death. Let the Opening Prayer of Mass today be our Advent Prayer: “Heavenly Father, remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy.”