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Second Sunday of Advent - Year B

Sunday, 10 December, 2017
Mark 1: 1-8

The Word of God this Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, calls us to prepare the way for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas.

In the first reading the prophet Isaiah foretells the cry of John the Baptist announcing a time of joyful preparation, where all obstacles to Jesus will be removed so that God may come close to embrace his people.

After we sing of the mercy and faithfulness of God in the psalm, Saint Peter, in the second reading, tells us that although God is patient with us as we struggle to break free from sin, that we should urgently accept his grace to become holy and pure right now in the present moment.  We should not put on the long finger the very thing we are created for, which is holy unity with God.

In the Gospel the Holy Spirit, through the pen and prayer of Saint Mark, explicitly recalls the words of Isaiah in the first reading and shows how they are made urgent in the preaching of John the Baptist: ‘Prepare a way for the Lord.’

We pray this week that our Advent preparations for Christmas will focus on clearing the path for Jesus, removing every obstacle of sin, selfishness, and distraction, so that he may be reborn in our lives for an inner and infinite Christmas.

Come, Lord Jesus!

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP

Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin