Second Sunday of Advent
December 5, 2010
Isaiah 11: 1 – 10
Romans 15: 4 – 9
Matthew 3: 1 – 12
The Gospel for this Second Sunday of Advent introduces us to the extraordinary figure of John the Baptist.
He is an austere figure who has been given an especially demanding task: to prepare the people for the long awaited Messiah. The message of the Baptist is uncompromising: Repent and reform your lives. John calls everyone to a radical conversion; to a renunciation of sin and a fidelity to the Commandments.
The response of his audience was mixed but those who longed for the Messiah were willing to make whatever changes were necessary so that they would be prepared and truly joyful at Christ’s coming.
We too must be willing to make whatever changes are necessary in our lives to welcome Jesus when He comes to be among us. Only then will our celebration be truly authentic.
May the example and preaching of John the Baptist help us to remember what is truly important during these days of Advent so that when Christmas does come we will give Jesus a worthy welcome.