December 6, 2009, Second Sunday of Advent - "Prepare the way of the Lord"

Sunday Readings Reflections
Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2009 (2AdvC)

Sunday Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios para Domingo
Homilies for Sunday
Burning Question: Did John the Baptist go to heaven right after his death?

First Reading
Baruch, Chapter 5, Verses 1-9

1. In the First Reading, Baruch wrote a message of hope for the people of God suffering in exile. Where are the valleys in the life of the People of God today? Where are the mountains? What about your personal life?

2. God gave Jerusalem the name “the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship.” Does this name fit us today? What would you like God to rename your parish, your community, you?

Second Reading
Philippians, Chapter 1, Verses 4-6, 8-11

1. Discernment is listening to the Spirit in a given human situation. A discerning person celebrates Advent (watches for God’s coming) all year round. Discuss.

2. “The one who began a good work in you will complete it if you remain on the path or the Way,” St. Paul says. Who is the instigator of good works in you? Does this imply that you trust yourself or trust God to complete these works?

According to Luke, Chapter 3, Verses 1-6

1. Why does Luke belabor all the historical references in the beginning of this reading? Would we find those names in history books?

2. What is the significance of the sentence, “All flesh shall see the salvation of God”? What are the implications for the Church if the entire world is included in this plan? What does it imply for you?

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