2nd Sunday of Advent Year A

Published on 02 Dec 2019
A painting of John the Baptist and the people with Jesus walking towards them

Prepare for the coming of Jesus through repentance

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 admittance to his company.

As we take another step into Advent, the First Reading introduces one of the main themes of this period of the year: Peace. Isaiah paints a picture of the whole world, of people and animals living together in harmony, led by a King who has all the qualities to rule justly.

The Psalm, too, speaks of this hope for peace and justice for all.

St Paul, when he writes to the Romans, also mentions the hope which can be found in Scripture. All the more reason, then, for us to be tolerant of one another, so we can all give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Second Reading)

In this week’s Gospel, John the Baptist appears by the River Jordan to entreat people to repent and prepare a way for the one who is to come. He tells them that being a son or daughter of Abraham will not be enough to be sure of being saved. There is no room for complacency. They are to repent; to change their way of life.

Mindful of this week’s readings and the Opening Prayer of the Mass, I can perhaps look around me and, whether by word or deed, encourage others to join me as I set out in haste to meet Jesus this Christmas.

He does not judge by appearances.     First Reading

He will have pity on the weak.     Psalm

Everything that was written long ago in the Scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope … be tolerant with each other. … Christ became the servant.    Second Reading

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Isaiah 11: 1–10; Psalm 71 (72); Romans 15: 4–9; Matthew 3: 1–12