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De­cem­ber 9, 2018 (Sun­day) 2nd Sun­day of Ad­vent Psalter: Week 2 / (Vi­o­let) Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. 1st Read­ing: Bar 5:1-9 2nd Read­ing: Phil 1:4-6, 8-11

Gospel: Lk 3:1-6

It was the 15th year of the rule of the Em­peror Tiberius: Pon­tius Pi­late was gov­er­nor of Judea; Herod ruled over Galilee, his brother Philip ruled over the coun­try of Iturea and Tra­choni­tis; and Lysa­nias ruled over Abi­lene. An­nas and Ca­iaphas were the High Priests at the time when the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the desert.

John pro­claimed a bap­tism for re­pen­tant peo­ple to ob­tain for­give­ness of sins; and he went through the whole coun­try bor­der­ing the Jor­dan River. It was just as is writ­ten in the book of the prophet Isa­iah: Lis­ten to this voice cry­ing out in the desert, ‘Pre­pare the way of the Lord, make his path straight! The val­leys will be filled and the moun­tains and hills made low. Ev­ery­thing crooked will be made straight and the rough paths smooth; and ev­ery hu­man be­ing will see the sal­va­tion of God!’

Lec­tio Div­ina

Read: Baruch proph­e­sizes the re­turn of God’s peo­ple to a day of glory and honor, thanks to the hand of God. God who ini­ti­ates the good work in ev­ery soul will bring it to com­ple­tion, un­less of course, we block his path by our un­will­ing­ness to col­lab­o­rate with God.

Re­flect: Ev­ery hu­man be­ing will see the sal­va­tion of God, we are told. But will ev­ery hu­man be­ing choose the same? What good is re­ceiv­ing a gift if the re­cip­i­ent re­fuses to use it? The old adage of “you can take the horse to the wa­ter, but you can­not make it drink” is worth re­call­ing. It is one thing for God to of­fer us his sal­va­tion, but the onus is on us to pre­pare our­selves to re­ceive the same and profit from it. John’s in­vi­ta­tion to peo­ple is not to miss the amaz­ing ad­vent of God’s sal­va­tion, but to pre­pare them­selves as­sid­u­ously to re­ceive the same with max­i­mal ef­fect.

Pray: Ask God for the gift of true re­pen­tance.

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