2nd Sunday of Advent Year B
Prepare a way for the Lord!
Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance into his company.
The readings this week invite us to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus into our lives and our hearts, both at Christmas and every day.
The First Reading from Isaiah speaks of the God who wants to console his people; who comes to change the landscape of our lives with power and tenderness.
God speaks in a voice of peace, offering mercy, faithfulness and justice. Wherever God is present, there will be peace for all (Psalm).
St Peter (Second Reading) reminds us that God’s time is not our own. While patiently waiting and longing for God to bring to completion all that he promises us, we are called to try to live holy lives, to live at peace with ourselves and others.
The coming of Jesus is announced by a messenger, John the Baptist, who prepares the way for the Lord as Isaiah foretold. His witness to the truth changes the lives of those who hear what he has to say (Gospel).
In this time of Advent, we ask the Lord to free us from all that would hinder our following him more closely, so that we too might be messengers of the Good News for others.
Arise and stand upon the heights, and behold the joy which comes to you from God. Communion Antiphon
So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace. Second Reading
Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced …
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps. Psalm
This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:
Isaiah 40: 1–5, 9–11; Psalm 84 (85); 2 Peter 3: 8–14; Mark 1: 1–8