"And all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
The theme of all the readings for this Sunday is salvation. Luke’s gospel (Luke 3:1-6) and the first two readings (Baruch 5:1-9 and Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11) speak about it in different ways. Salvation is God’s free gift. He saves us out of His love and from him alone can our salvation come. The Responsorial Psalm describes it very well with this phrase: “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 9, 2012 (2AdvC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
Podcast of the Readings
Video of Reflections on Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios
New American Bible
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: Can non-Catholic people go to heaven?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
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 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?
Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
1. Our psalmist reminds us, 'We are filled with joy,' because the Lord has done great things for us! Tell of how these verses speak to you during this Advent season of the arrival of our incarnate Lord.
2. The Psalm says, 'Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.' Describe how repentance has led to salvation in your spiritual life.
Philippians 1:4-6, 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 the good work in you? Does this imply that you trust yourself or trust God to complete these works?
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 Why does Luke belabor all the historical references in the beginning of this reading?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 are the implications for you?
Sunday Bible Study Group
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