Second Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 6, 2020

December 4, 2020

Apostles of the Resurrection Advent

Christmas Reflections 2020

Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-4, 9-11

Psalm 85:8ab+9, 10-11, 12-13

2 Peter 3:8-15

Mark 1:1-8

Isaiah 40:1-4, 9-11

Psalm 85:8ab+9, 10-11, 12-13

2 Peter 3:8-15

8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the LORD a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10But the day of the LORD will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our LORD's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

Mark 1:1-8

1The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"- 3"a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the LORD, make straight paths for him.'" 4And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: "After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

The gospel of the Lord.

Apostles of the Resurrection Advent

Christmas Reflections 2020

By Lois Peterson

 

REFLECTION

During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us;

Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.  Our readings this Sunday are around Christ’s birth in the manger. 

The Prince of Peace is coming and we need to be prepared.  During the second week we light

the Candle of Love.

In the Gospel of Mark, we are told about John the Baptist who preaches about repentance and

justice.  He reminds us that someone is coming more powerful who will baptize us with the Holy

Spirit.  It is during this week in Advent that we reflect on the sacrament of Baptism and

Confirmation.  I am reminded of what it means to be a Godmother/Godfather and what it means

to be a Sponsor.  I ask myself how have I supported those who have chosen me in those roles.                             

Questions

In this Advent season, let us reflect, pray and ask ourselves:

  1. What are some of the charitable Christmas activities in your community?  Can you join any of them?
  2. Watch for signs of hope today.  Write them down.  At the end of the day, ask yourself whether those who met you today might have seen in you a sign of hope.
  3. Take a moment to sincerely thank someone who helps you today: a family member, the cashier in the supermarket, a co-worker, or a community hero.
  4. Take a few moments to reflect on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  What special qualities in her lift might be helpful for you to imitate and adopt?
  5. Make a sign of the cross when you are facing a difficulty today, remembering that you are not alone in carrying your burden.
  6. Throughout the day repeat this phrase: “Do not be afraid!” Add your own name in front of it.  Say it as a prayer, fully believing the words.
  1. Tonight, before you go to bed, light a candle, turn off the lights, and sit in the light of the candle, alone or with anyone who wants to join you.  Focus on your life and on God’s presence in you.

 

A Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent

Let oboes play, accordions ring out and tambourines rattle before the Lord who comes.

He had already come, for sure, in the days of Herod.  His passing into our lives was a shaft of light.  Afterwards, darkness was no longer darkness for his Day knows no light.

He will come again, so he has promised, at a time he himself will arrange.  He will wipe away every tear, put an end to suffering, violence and injustice: happiness will be everyone’s.

Knowing this, wait for it, preparing for his coming this is the source of our joy, the reason for our vigils, our fasts, our prayers.

Put on your best clothes, get into the festive mood:  Get ready! Here he comes!

Amen

(Taken from Advent Journey 2000)