Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Prayerful greetings to you all! On this second Sunday of Advent, we could hear three voices from three different persons. These voices bring messages of hope for us this Sunday.
The first voice is from Isaiah, given in the first reading. He lived when Israel had some underwhelming kings. Isaiah is a prophet, who hopes that one day a new shoot of life will sprout from the stump of Israel’s kingdom. He hopes for a king like David, who will rely not on political advisors but on God alone, a king who will bring justice and peace, especially to those who are poor and afflicted. Isaiah, our first voice is a voice of hope that a future king will come and create a new world of peace and joy.
The second voice we heard today was that of St, Paul. He tells to the Christian community in Rome that all Jewish and gentile Christians will live in hope and accept one another so that they will live in harmony and peace. Paul our second voice is a voice of hope that kingdoms will come together in peace and harmony.
The third voice we heard today is a voice of one crying out in the desert, “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”. It is voice of John the Baptist. John the Baptist our third voice is a voice of hope, a hope that the messiah is about to come and so we must repent and prepare ourselves. He was preaching in desert; “Repent, prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
John the Baptist is heralding the coming of Jesus, who is son of David from the stock of Jesse that Isaiah foretold and upon whom we see at the baptism by john the Baptist at Jordan river the spirit of the Lord resting upon him. He has the spirit of wisdom, understanding, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Isaiah foretells a time of peace, but john the Baptist tells us we need to repent. we need to feel remorse and change our attitude.
Let us think today, what are the attitudes that need changing in our lives? how ready are we to welcome the messiah. Surely, we all need conversion at least in some ways. This conversion happens at different levels, at different times and different situation. So, let us use this advent as a time to examine what we need to do to prepare our hearts and minds, our bodies and souls, to welcome Jesus back into our life. Have a Joyful and Blessed Sunday!!
Yours in Jesus Christ,