Refelction from Fr. Taylor: December 10, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40: 1-5, 8-11     2 Peter 3: 8-14      Mark 1: 1-8

In this Sunday’s readings from Isaiah, chapter 40, there is a special meaning of comfort as we prepare for the way of the Lord. Isaiah speaks to people who are in turmoil. They have been troubled. They have been in exile and want a way to come back home. Isaiah speaks of the forgiving nature of Jesus who is ready to take us back after a period of cleansing.

We for our part are asked to do what John the Baptist reminds us of ”make straight in the wasteland our highway for our God.” We must make every valley filled in. We must make every mountain low. We must make a way for each other in our troubled world to see not only is there a way out, but there is every reason to have hope. This requires reflection, prayer, and devotion. It also requires of us the necessary element of seeing ahead. We are celebrating now the beginning of salvation history during the Advent Season. We are asked to take a look with new eyes and with new vision what God has in store for us.

The birth of Jesus does not remove all the trouble and hardships that are part of our existence, but it did give us a new opportunity to see that we will always overcome evil when Jesus is the center of our lives. As we continue during this Advent Season in our resolutions to be better, to live better, and to serve better let us continue to remind ourselves that we are all in this together. John the Baptist preached this way as he was a fore runner of the Lord, but he also is preaching to us. He calls us to be redeemed, calling us to be repentant, and most of all asking us to put into practice, the baptismal call that all of us have.

May you have a Holy and Peace-filled Advent Season

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