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Second Sunday of Advent
Dec 12, 2019
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1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
2nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
Make straight his paths says John the Baptist. But how do we do this? We make his paths straight for Jesus's rebirth in our hearts by preparing. We do this by praying more, going to confession, that is, repenting, and by doing the good things we have neglected in the past which implies giving up our sinful ways. This sounds a lot like Lent but while Advent is not penitential as is Lent, we are always in need of repentance.
Just as the Father delivered on His promise of sending us a Savior so will He send Jesus again to judge the world and our places will be assigned for all eternity based on how we have lived our lives on earth. There really should be no surprise on our part. As long as we choose God consistently and do the best we can, it will go well for us. When the Master returns, may He find us busy doing our best.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD