Gospel Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B – December 7th 2014
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.
And so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
Advent is a time of joy –The messenger in the first reading (Isaiah 40:1-5. 9-11) is the ‘joyful messenger’, and his joy is that God is near and God is coming. This would be the message of Jesus – Jesus’ big conviction that he was the joyful messenger of his Father’s love. He would be the shepherd – the one who cares, knows and actively looks after the sheep. John the Baptist is the voice of joy preaching the new message. Not to get out of the way (like an adult dismissing children) – but get into the Way – walk the way with Jesus.
Bringing God Near
Voices of Christmas to bring God near – The central message within all the voices of Christmas is that Go to the love of God which is active among us. God’s Christmas voice is I love you, you are all brothers and sisters, and nothing except love is final.
Not just a voice…but actively loving in word and deed. One way of touching that love is the Mass. Jesus is not just love, but food that nourishes and makes a difference. we bring our ordinary concerns to Mass and let God lighten them and transform them, and enlighten us with his word. The voice of God making sense and bringing light into the ordinariness of life.
God is present in his word, and in his body – we wait in joy for the Word to be made flesh.
Lord I believe your word was made flesh and appeared among us.
Donal Neary SJ