First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm: 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6
This season of Advent lends itself to reflection. How we were once captives to the hollowness of ourselves, but the Lord brought us back to see the splendor and goodness of God from which we came.
In partnership with the Gospel, wrapped in a cloak of justice, we have peace in our souls and our tongues proclaim rejoicing. The Lord has done great things for us, we are glad indeed. Once our lives sowed tears, mourning and misery, for without the Lord there was no peace. This Advent, we prayerfully ponder how our faith may increase more and more in love that our knowledge and perception of God deepens to discern what is truly of value. We are confident that the one who began good works in humanity will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Description of the Liturgical Moment
The second Sunday of Advent is a time of annual anticipation of and celebration of the birth of God into the world in the flesh of Jesus Christ. It is also the hope for God to come again to redeem God’s people. God coming to the world is the theme of Advent, God’s first coming and second coming. This coming brings hope and humility because we know that God did not have to do it yet we are so glad God did. The hope of Advent stems from the fact that when God comes, things change and are renewed. The status quo is no more in the light of the salvation of God for the world. God comes for all of creation to make all things right. As we wait in expectation, we wait for God to pave a highway to a new way in Christ. In Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year, we yearn for a new beginning in our broken lives, knowing that when God comes, we will be made joyfully whole.
Point of Exegetical Inquiry
Each preacher needs to exegete his or her congregation as well as each text. Given that so many are suffering during this season, is it a sign of pastoral incompetence to ignore such suffering? How can preachers best use a text which speaks of pain and lament during the Advent season?
Thank you Lord for prying us away from the emptiness of life to be filled with your peace. Help us to fathom your love that has washed away our tears.
Concise Bible Commentary, Don Fleming, AMG Publishers,Chattanooga, TN.: 1988.