"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)
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First Reading
Baruch 5:1-9

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 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?

Responsorial Psalm
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.

Second Reading
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?

Luke 3:1-6

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 Why does Luke belabor all the historical references in the beginning of this reading?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 are the implications for you?

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1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont2:21 PM

    “The Lord has done great things for us.”

    The Psalm speaks about the joyous
    return of Israel from exile and captivity.
    “The Lord has restored the fortunes of
    Zion.” As we hear in our 1st reading from
    the Book of Baruch, Jerusalem is to take
    off her robe of misery and to put on the
    splendor of God forever. Truly,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”

    But there is more -- as the Psalm says,
    “The Lord has done great things for us
    as well. What could be more wonderful
    than what Christ does for us, in leading
    us out of our spiritual captivity in a sinful
    world, to a place of splendor where the
    Father dwells. We are restored by the
    Lord’s grace, and our spiritual dryness
    is filled with the baptismal waters, like
    the dry stream beds of the Negeb.

    But we must do our part – the sowing
    of tears is a time of repentance for us.
    It is just as John the Baptist proclaims
    in the Gospel – we must be baptized in
    repentance, for the forgiveness of our sins.
    And what is the sign of true repentance?
    It is when one produces good fruit by
    what we sow. As the Psalm says,
    “Those who go forth weeping, carrying
    sacks of seed, will return with cries of joy,
    carrying their bundled sheaves.”

    Finally the Psalm reminds us that the
    truly great thing the Lord has done for us
    is to send His only begotten Son to be by
    our side. Jesus’ presence is a guarantee
    of a spiritual harvest that leads to our
    own salvation.