This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent.
Isaiah the prophet tells us: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; He will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.”
Isaiah tells the people of Israel that God will bring them comfort, and there is nothing that can separate God from His chosen people. Yet the Israelites often lost sight of this message and strayed from their religious path. Because of this, God often punished them-- but always forgave them. Isaiah asks the Lord to come to his people, and the Lord has promised to send a Messiah and Savior. So, like the Israelites, we are to be prepared in anticipation of the coming of the Lord. Isaiah offers us words of consolation that God knows our struggles and is here for us.
We hear a more sobering message from our second reading from 2 Peter: “the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved in fire.” We are asked the question: “What sort of person ought you to be?” We are put on notice that the Lord will come when we least expect and it’s necessary for us to be prepared.
Advent is a reminder for us of the coming of the Lord. Jesus will one day return, but we don’t know when. We need to always be at the ready. In the Gospel of Mark, we meet John the Baptist. He is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah: “A voice cries out in the wilderness.” John has been called the last Old Testament prophet. He proclaims in humility of his own unworthiness and tells us of one greater than he who will come.
All of this is to prepare us for the Birth of Jesus. The Coming of the Lord and Savior the Messiah. Be watchful! Be prepared!
~ Msgr. Bob
Bishop Michael Sheridan and Msgr. Bob Jaeger invite you to join them on a spectacular pilgrimage cruise along the Danube River October 31-November 10, 2018. The ship will travel through Germany, Austria, Slovak Republic and Hungary. Extensions are available to continue into other countries.
There is a limited number of cabins available for our group, so early registration is requested to get the type of room you desire.
Ongoing information will also be provided in The Catholic Herald.
Additional add-on destinations: Prague, Czech Republic, or Krakow and Czestechowa, Poland.