Our Lady of Lourdes

For the second Sunday of Advent, the Church gives us the example of St. John the Baptist as how we should prepare for the Lord. Advent focuses on preparing for the coming of the Lord at Christmas, but, also, on the return of the Lord on Judgment Day. St. John the Baptist is a perfect example for both.

In the first reading from Isaiah, the prophet promises that the Lord is coming to remove the guilt for the sins of Israel. Before the Lord arrives, there will be a forerunner (not the Toyota SUV) who will prepare the way by calling on the people to repent. In his second letter, Saint Peter writes that the Lord has not yet returned in order to give us time for repentance. We should not be fooled into thinking that He is not returning; but, take the opportunity to seek His mercy while it may be found. The beginning of the gospel of Saint Mark is John the Baptist fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah by preparing the way for Jesus as he calls on the people of Israel to repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. John was bringing many to repentance, but constantly pointed to Jesus as greater than Himself and the one for whom he was preparing the way.

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