2nd Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 5, 2021

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Father Jim Donohue

November 29, 2021

“The Congregation of the Resurrection announces and gives witness to the Paschal Mystery.”  These words comprise the first sentence of the mission statement of the Resurrectionists.  Like all Christians, the Resurrectionists are able to accomplish this mission because they hope that God has the power and will to bring about, in us, new life from suffering and death.   We see this theme in each of our readings this 2nd weekend of Advent.

Our first reading from the prophet Baruch encourages Jerusalem to look forward in hope to the day when its exiles will return from captivity: “Led away on foot by their enemies they left you, but God will bring them back to you.”  God will hasten their return by making the mountains low and by filling in the valleys: “For God has commanded that every lofty mountain be made low, and that the age-old depths and gorges be filled to level ground, that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.”

Our second reading includes Paul’s hope that the good work that has begun in the community of Philippi will be completed.  Specifically, Paul prays that their love will increase ever more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value.

Our Gospel reveals the inauguration of the Good News through John the Baptist.  Just as God prepared a pathway for the people of Israel to return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon, John the Baptist is preparing the pathway for the One who is THE WAY.  Through a commitment to conform ourselves ever more closely to his WAY, we will live now in the manner that is fulfilling in this life and anticipates the fullness of all that we hope for in the future of the fullness of God’s reign.

The Advent season is a time for us to reflect upon the ways that we need to hope in God, trusting that God is faithful and loving, and is concerned with our welfare, not our woe.