Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Advent / B

Posted 9th December 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 10th December 2017 - Second Sunday of Advent / B

2nd-sunday-advent2In our first reading today, the prophet Isaiah refers to a voice crying in the wilderness, urging those listening to ‘prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord’. He adds that God is a shepherd who will gather and protect his sheep always. In our gospel, Mark also refers to this statement by Isaiah and adds that he will also send a messenger to prepare a way for the Lord.

So, this season of Advent is really all about preparing or clearing a way for the Lord in our own lives. It allows us time to reflect and prepare our lives spiritually for the forthcoming season. We can all be so busy preparing for Christmas on many levels. Many families and individuals experience extra pressure on many fronts and its so easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.

Next Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, an annual event takes place in St. Peter’s Square. For the last 30 years it’s become a tradition for children to bring their ‘Bambinelli’, the figurines of the baby Jesus from their cribs at home, to be blessed by the Holy Father after the Angelus that day. The figurines are held high for the blessing and are brought back home, wrapped or simply placed under the Christmas tree until Christmas Eve when they are placed in the family crib to mark the birth of the baby Jesus. If you’d like to have the figure of the infant Jesus from your own crib blessed you can simply bring it along to any mass here in Holy Trinity or in St. Paul’s next Sunday 17th when the blessing will take place during all masses.

Today’s gospel challenges us to prepare a way for the Lord by keeping hope alive in our hearts.

Fr Gerry