06 December 2021
"Along with the prophets of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah, and with our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, one of the lead characters of the Advent Season is John the Baptist. In the liturgy of Advent John appears in the Gospels especially on the second and third Sundays.
the Baptist is one of the most colorful, eccentric characters of the
Bible. . . . He was very popular and people flocked
to the wilderness to hear him preach. John is the bridge between the Old
Testament and the New Testament. He preached like a prophet of the Old,
but we read his story in the pages of the New."
In a recent commentary, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of the Diocese of Providence (RI), reflected on the preaching of John the Baptist, including his call to repentance.
To access Bishop Tobin's complete essay, please visit:
The Imitation of Christ: The Preacher of Advent: John the Baptist (2 DEC 21)
"It's amazing what a goal, a purpose, will do for a person. The day he or she gets it, if one was lacking it before, it's as though one has been reborn, secretly connected to some enormous source of vital energy and good health." - Earl Nightingale
05 December 2021
Today the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Advent. The assigned readings are Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11;
and Luke 3:1-6. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 126 (Psalm 126:1-6).
For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:
YouTube: Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 126 The Lord has done great things for us
The Gospel reading is as follows:
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
"A voice of one crying out in the desert:
'Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Reflections on these readings:
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflections: Second Sunday of Advent December 5, 2021