Sunday Readings & Reflections

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Theme: He Comes to Bring Salvation to Every Person iso 다운로드.
First Reading: Bar 5:1-9

Responsorial: Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 Celestial Marriage 1.
Second Reading: Phil 1:4-6, 8-11

Gospel: Lk 3:1-6

Reflection

After the historical introduction, Luke uses the solemn language to present John the Baptist: “The Word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.” These are the words used in the Old Testament to introduce a great prophet gimagex 다운로드.
The mission of the Baptist can be summarised in a few words. He goes all over the Jordan region not giving long speeches but asking people to change their attitudes and lifestyles 앵커 태그. He baptises those who decide to change.
The Baptist was a stranger in his own country; he was a Jew, but his behaviour set him apart from the others Millennium. Christians, too, should live in a “desert,” foreigners in their own country. They should not think, speak or behave like other people. Among so many who speak of war and violence, they must speak of peace and forgiveness ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드. In a world where happiness seems to be founded on money, often obtained by exploiting or oppressing others, they must proclaim the beatitudes of love, service to the poorest and the sharing of goods 페도라 13.
The world needs people like the Baptist, to remind us of the seriousness of life, to denounce evil, and to stand up to the powerful when they behave unjustly 바람의나라 연 다운로드.
Don’t we sometimes tolerate “crooked ways,” and questionable behaviour?
Aren’t there “valleys” separating us from each other?
Shouldn’t these “mountains” be flattened and these “valleys” be filled ie10 64 bit 다운로드?

INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Jesus Divine Master, You inspire us with the message of John the Baptist, to bring down barriers that separate from each other Download the Japanese flag. May we grow in a spirit of love that breaks down walls and rather builds bridges which connect us with others. Amen.


Resources used:
[Celebrating the Word Year C] by Fernando Armellini. Paulines Publications Africa


Sunday Readings

FIRST READING Jeremiah 33:14-16

“I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David.”

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”

The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O Lord, make me know your ways. Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God of my salvation. R.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Good and upright is the Lord; he shows the way to sinners. He guides the humble in right judgement; to the humble he teaches his way. R.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

All the Lord’s paths are mercy and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and commands. The Lord’s secret is for those who fear him; to them he reveals his covenant. R.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.









SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

“May the Lord establish your hearts at the coming of our Lord Jesus.”

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

Brethren: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men, as we do to you, so that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Finally, brethren, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

The word of the Lord.

Alleluia. Show us your merciful love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Alleluia.    
 
GOSPEL READING Luke 21:25-28.34-36

“Your redemption is near at hand.”

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. But watch at all times, praying to have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.”

The Gospel of the Lord.



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