The Second Sunday of Advent
2 Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
As we prepare the way of the Lord, we recognize that we have to be patient, for the Lord's ways are not our ways. This reminds me of a quote I read recently from Dietrich Bonhoeffer a Luther pastor and a prisoner of the Nazi's during WWII. Bonhoeffer loved Advent and saw his imprisonment as a metaphor for Advent. "We simply have to wait and wait," he wrote. "The celebration of Advent is possible only to those troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come" (First Things - January 2016).
Advent is that time of preparation, that time of anticipation, that time of waiting for the birth of the King of Kings, the Light of the World, the Christ child. We long to hear with all creation the song of the angels - "Glory to the New Born King". Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent. Fr. Jordan Turano, OP - Chaplain -Molloy College
Saint of the Day: Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and GreekBishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey). Because of the mmany miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day-St Nicholas Day (6 December,Gregorian calendar, in Western Christianity and 19 December, Julian calendar, in Eastern Christianity); and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos".
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