Second Sunday of Advent
PHIL 1:4-6, 8-11
Readings - Audio
The readings of the Second Sunday of Advent encourage us to be joyful. Prophet Baruch asks us, “take off your robe of mourning and misery and put on the splendor of glory from God forever.”
Certainly, there are many things that trouble you, i.e. sickness of yourself or your relatives, misunderstanding in the family, financial difficulties, problems with children or in the work, etc. The cloud of difficulties is many times so heavy and dark. How can we see the splendor of God’s glory behind all these difficulties?
Do not be troubled. Raise your head and listen to the words of the Prophet Baruch, who continues, “your children led away on foot by their enemies, have left you, but God will bring them back to you. For God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice.” Do not mourn but trust in God. He knows your problems. Look back, remember the good things, and say with the psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Although they go forth weeping, they shall come back rejoicing.” A day of rejoicing is coming. It is a Christmas Day, when Jesus is coming as a little Baby, yet in the splendor of God’s glory.
Therefore, let us prepare ourselves for His coming. St. Luke writes that St. John the Baptist saw the way, how to prepare for the coming of the Lord, by proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins according the Prophet Isaiah. With strong voice, he was crying in the desert, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths, and you will see the salvation of God.” Look in your heart and make smooth what is rough in your relationship with others. Be upright in your speech to God and to others. Fill the valley of division with understanding and love. Even St. Paul in the Letter to Philippians confesses that he pray for all of us with joy that our love may increase more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is valuable. Thus we shall be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
This week, let us try to do everything with joy for the glory and praise of God and the salvation of our neighbors.