SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – A – 2022
Ø On the second Sunday of Advent a new character is introduced to us, it is John the Baptist
Ø Who is John? “A voice cries in the wilderness:
Ø John is that voice that cries out in the wilderness. There are many kinds of deserts, John preaches in the geographic desert, but especially in the desert of human hearts.
Ø Let’s see what message today’s readings bring
Ø Last week the readings spoke of an end, today the readings invite us to look with hope towards the future
FIRST READING -Is 11: 1-10
· Chapter 11 of Isaiah has two oracles joined by the reference to the stump and root of Jesse. Today we will read the first Oracle which has a very attractive beauty.
· It begins saying “on that day” we do not know the date of that day
· What will happen on that day? Something very encouraging, a bud , a branch on the stump of Jesse.
· Why, is that encouraging? From the family of Jesse, the family of David, we can see a new stem sprouting up.
· From this stem that seemed dry, like it happens so many times in nature, from this dry stem life springs again. We thought that it did not exist anymore. Is it not this, that is happening in our society and above all in our beloved church? Let us look with eyes of faith and we will see probably that something new is already being born around us
· The Spirit of the Lord in his many manifestations rests upon this stem.
· He has the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel and fortitude, gifts that the kings need to govern and the judges to judge with justice.
· He will not judge by appearance, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but according to the truth.
· He will protect or do justice to the helpless, symbolized in the widow and the orphan who were the poorest members of the people.
· The prophet says that this stem will wound the violent and the wicked. I think that he wants to say that his just and peaceful words and acts defeat the proud and in some way He will make them understand that conversion is the true way.
· After that, the prophet describes or paints a society and a creation wholly exempt of violence and having a life that seems too good to be true. However, these images give a description of the Kingdom that God offers to us, where there will be no divisions only peace and harmony.
RESPONSORIA PSALML: Sal 71: 1-2. 7-8. 12-13. 17
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king's son;
he shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
ü This is a beautiful psalm; it is a prayer for the king.
ü It describes what the first reading says: peace, justice, righteousness… It is a prayer for those who govern us so that we may live in peace, fraternity, and happiness.
ü I have asked myself many times, do we pray for our leaders? As disciples of Jesus we know that those who govern us are our brothers and sisters. Prayer i sour duty since we are all children of the same Father, God. This prayer is also beneficial to us. Let us pray so that our political, social and religious leaders truly encounter the Lord and open their hearts to Him.
SECOND READING -Rom 15: 4-9
v Paul says that everything that has been written in the sacred books, that is the Old Testament, has been written for us, so that we may keep our hope.
v The second paragraph is a prayer an invitation to praise God with one mind and one voice.
v Is this the way we pray, or on the contrary our hearts are divided, separated, full of resentment toward our brothers and sisters?
v Paul invites us to welcome each other, as He, the Lord, has welcomed all of us, and he has put himself to the service of the Jewish people, thus fulfilling the promises.
v If we could live in this way, accepting and loving each other as we are, if we were always welcoming and willing to serve whoever requests a service from us, those who do not believe would discover Jesus the Lord, the Creator, the Redeemer.
GOSPEL Mt 3: 1-12
Today the evangelist Matthew introduces to us the person of John the Baptist and describes some facets of John.
John is a prophet in the style of Elijah, who we encounter in the book of Samuel.
John is strong, he announces punishment for those who do not want to abandon their evil ways.
He looks impressive, clothed with a cloth made of camel skin and his nourishment is from what he finds in the desert.
His voice is loud and threatening. He is not afraid or at least, does not make it seen, since he confronts the religious authorities of his people to denounce their works and their hypocrisy.
He invites to prepare the way for the Lord. It is not a physical way, it is the way to the human heart; yes, we need to prepare our heart, each one or us knows what our heart needs to welcome the Lord.
We must make the crooked ways straight, fill up what is empty and lower what is too high, so that the way may really be smooth, and our heart be a place of peace, welcoming and humility
John announces that the one that comes after him will baptize in Spirit and fire.
The words I spoke to the people were for all the peoples that had been since then, are today and will be tomorrow because in me there is neither past nor future, because everything is present to me, and speaking to those few men I was speaking to all, and what I said to them I said to each one of the Christians in particular, those that have been, those that are and those that will be until the day of the Last Judgment. Of the words I addressed to the Apostles, some were for the people, and others were for themselves; those that were for the people contained the whole Law that they had to teach preaching to every creature in the whole world until the Last Judgment without distinction of times and places because I bore in mind all the times and places (From the Diario of María Antonia París, 35)
What is lacking then, my Mother? Would you perhaps avail yourself of some instrument with which to remedy so great an evil? Here is one who however vile and contemptible he knows himself to be, is yet assured that he will serve the better for this end, since your power will shine forth all the brighter, and all will see that it is you who are at work, not I. Come now, loving Mother, let us lose no time. Here I am: dispose of me as you will, for you know that I am wholly yours. I trust that you will do this out of your great kindness, pity, and mercy, and I ask you this through the love you bear for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. (From the Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret , 156.)
 Mk 16:15