2nd Sunday of Advent

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Reflection for the 2nd Week of Advent

In this week’s Gospel we meet John the Baptist in the desert of Judea as he is preaching. While there, John the Baptist is preaching and  is urging people to "repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” John the Baptist is urging people to do what the season of Advent is all about, he is asking people to prepare for the coming of Christ. 

This past week, the sacrament of Reconciliation was offered to students at Resurrection. This is one way in which we can acknowledge and repent for our sins, just as John the Baptist urges us to do. In acknowledging where we have gone wrong, we can move forward, we can grow, and we can be ready for the birth of Christ. For it is in his coming that we have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. It is through him that our sins are forgiven, there is a sense of peace in that, isn’t there?  

Other ways to prepare for the “one who is more powerful” include taking the time for silent prayer, reflecting on our relationship with God, and focusing on what is truly important to us. These ways of preparing offer a sense of peace that can only be found in Christ. 

Advent is a time of repentance, a time to prepare for the celebration of Christmas, a time of new hope, and time of peace. So just as we prepare for the holiday by decorating our trees, wrapping presents, and watching the occasional Hallmark movie, so must we prepare for the birth of Christ.

~ Maggie Qualter, Resurrection Campus Minister

 

Second Sunday of Advent - PEACE
December 8

Matthew 3:1-12 

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said” 

A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. 

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At the time Jerusalem, all of Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by hum in the Jordan RIver as they acknowledge their sins. 

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ 

For I tell you, god can raise children to Abrahman from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

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