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2nd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11: 1-10
A shoot will spring
from the stock of Jesse,
a new shoot will grow from his roots.
On him will rest the spirit of Yahweh,
the spirit of wisdom and insight,
the spirit of counsel and power,
the spirit of knowledge
and fear of Yahweh:
his inspiration will lie in fearing Yahweh.
His judgement will not be
his verdict not given on hearsay.
He will judge the weak with integrity
and give fair sentence
for the humblest in the land.
He will strike the country
with the rod of his mouth
and with the breath of his lips
bring death to the wicked.
Uprightness will be
the belt around his waist,
and constancy the belt about his hips.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the panther lie down with the kid,
calf, lion and fat–stock beast together,
with a little boy to lead them.
The cow and the bear will graze,
their young will lie down together.
The lion will eat hay like the ox.
The infant will play
over the den of the adder;
the baby will put his hand
into the viper’s lair.
No hurt, no harm will be done
on all my holy mountain,
for the country will be full
of knowledge of Yahweh
as the waters cover the sea.
That day, the root of Jesse,
standing as a signal for the peoples,
will be sought out by the nations
and its home will be glorious.
Romans 15: 4-9
And all these things which were written so long ago were written so that we, learning perseverance and the encouragement which the scriptures give, should have hope. Now the God of perseverance and encouragement give you all the same purpose, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that you may together give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one heart.
Accept one another, then, for the sake of God’s glory, as Christ accepted you. I tell you that Christ’s work was to serve the circumcised, fulfilling the truthfulness of God by carrying out the promises made to the fathers, and his work was also for the gentiles, so that they should give glory to God for his faithful love; as scripture says: For this I shall praise you among the nations and sing praise to your name.
Matthew 3: 1-12
In due course John the Baptist appeared; he proclaimed this message in the desert of Judaea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’ This was the man spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said:
A voice of one that cries in the desert,
‘Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.’
This man John wore a garment made of camel–hair with a leather loin–cloth round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming retribution? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance, and do not presume to tell yourselves, "We have Abraham as our father," because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is being laid to the root of the trees, so that any tree failing to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing–fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing–floor and gather his wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 9, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The prophet Isaiah lived during a very troubling time in Israel. During his lifetime the Assyrians annihilated all of the area north of Jerusalem, known as the northern kingdom. Jerusalem lived in fear and trembling that they would be next. Isaiah was not sparing in his condemnation of those who contributed to all that suffering. He condemned not only the Assyrians, but also the kings of Israel who led the people away from God and he condemned the people who followed their lead. In today’s first reading he gives hope to those who have remained faithful to God. He promises them God would send them a leader who would lead his people to justice and peace.
HOMILY: A few years ago in my homily I offered this little prayer for people to reflect on. I would like to repeat it for you to think about as you stand in in line at the Post Office, sorting your cards and juggling your packages: “God, our Father, may everything we do be first-class. Imprint your own loving zip code upon our hearts so that we may never go astray. Provide in your gracious Providence special handling for those of us who are fragile and keep us in one piece. And when our days draw to a close and we are marked ‘Return to Sender,’ be there to greet us at Heaven’s door so that no one there might say ‘Unknown at this address.’ Amen.” Too bad we can’t tack this up on the post office wall.
We heard Isaiah’s promise of a great leader who would lead God’s people to justice and peace, a peace that is almost unbelievable. We believe that person is Jesus the Christ. Our readings go on to tell us though, if we want to share in that peace we will not do so unless we follow this great leader and king. And so, lest we get too wound up in all the sending and spending, today’s gospel, with its message from John the Baptist, tries to make us aware that more is involved in preparing for the coming of Jesus than sending and spending. Three times in today’s gospel John uses the word repent or repentance. When we hear that word we often think of some terrible sinner who needs a total makeover spiritually. If we think this message about repentance does not apply to us, we need to hear again what St. Paul told us in today’s second reading: “Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction.”
In other words the word “repent” is meant for all of us, not just for bad people. The Greek word for repent in its original meaning meant “to change our mind” As time went on it came to mean “to change our mind to be a different person, indeed, a better person.” The prophet John the Baptist is telling us if we haven’t been as good as we would like us to be, or as we know God would like us to be, then we need to decide to make a change. Our attitude may need to change or our behavior. Or it could be we’re not doing anything too bad, but we’re not doing anything really good either. The Baptist said “every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down.” It’s not enough to avoid evil, we have to do good.
It’s part of normal conversation around this time to ask “Are you ready for Christmas?” Wouldn’t we be surprised if we asked someone that question and they answered: “I still need to so a few things to make myself better spiritually.” That kind of an answer would leave us speechless. The media is working overtime telling us how to get ready for Christmas. Let us listen also to John the Baptist, the herald God sent to tell us how He wants us to prepare for His coming. Amen.
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