Second Sunday of Advent
Reading I: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14
Reading II: 2 Peter 3:8-14
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
John the Baptist was introduced in the gospels as the second cousin of our Lord, as a great figure, a messenger, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. His life also spoke a much greater message. His simplicity in lifestyle and fearlessness in preparing the path for the coming of God’s kingdom. John was part of the good news through faithfulness to his mission.
Every Christian is a messenger, a preparer of the way for others. Each of us either hinders or helps people in going to Jesus and entering his kingdom. Married couples are messengers to each other every day. There are messages which contain affirmation, appreciation, happiness and loyalty. Others contain deprecation or discontentment. Through these messages they become good or bad news to each other. To hear regular messages expressing joy over them keeps these alive and strengthens the marital bond. Messages on the other hand sometimes express complaints and are indications that the good relationship is eroding slowly. Love brings a couple together, while good communication keeps them together in love. Praise sends a powerful message to one’s spouse. It says that one sees the potential rather than the limitations. It makes the couple feel comfortable with themselves and desire to go on with the practice of the good qualities.