Today is the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Prepare a way for the Lord!
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
In the readings Isaiah speaks about the power of the Lord in a very different way. God is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them to his breast, and gently leading the ewes who are due to give birth. This is a very tender power, a life-force of faithful and enduring love, a love that gathers and nurtures and reassures. This is the God whom John the Baptist invites us to rediscover this Advent.
John the Baptist refers to Jesus as “more powerful than I am.” He gives full expression to God’s tender love that brings healing to the broken, strength to the weak and rest to the weary.
John the Baptist calls us this Advent to prepare a way in our lives for the coming of this Lord, this Shepherd, in whom mercy and faithfulness have met, justice and peace have embraced.