"The Beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ" is not just the beginning of a story from long ago. The Good News of Jesus Christ is a current as it ever was. It promises a new beginning for those longing to hear someone "speak to the heart". Comfort will come; undying meaning will spring out of the earth - out of our very humanity. "Repentance" means turning away from all that is contrary to our own good and embracing the infinity worthy One who gives us a share in his Spirit.Second Sunday of Advent
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.2nd Reading:
2 Peter 3:8-14Gospel:
"I exult for joy in the Lord," for as miserable as life can seem at times, the reality is that God has clothed us with "garments of salvation" that heal all our poverty, broken hearts and bondage. "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him," that is, those who look to him with awe and love. Therefore, "be kept safe and blameless for the coming of our Lord." Even though in the troubles of life you may not recognise him, "God has called you and he will not fail you."
R. My soul rejoices in my God.2nd Reading:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24Gospel:
When "the revelation of a mystery kept secret for endless ages" is manifested to Mary, she believes it because she has perfect faith, completely unclouded by sin. Since Mary was betrothed to Joseph, who was "of the house of David", she knew that what God had long ago promised King David would come true through her Yes - "I will preserve the offspring of your body after you." we, too, believe God will continue to be with us wherever we go, as Jesus remains present to us in the Church.
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16Psalm:
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.2nd Reading:
"The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love... it is an intermediate institution between individuals and society - nothing can take its place. The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society, a great and lifelong treasure for couples. It is a unique good for children, who are meant to be he fruit of the love." (Pope Benedict XVI).
R. Happy are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.2nd Reading: