2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

December 4, 2022

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Godspell, released in 1973, is the film adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical Godspell created by John-Michael Tebelak.Set in modern New York City, many of the scenes take advantage of well-known sites around New York City. John the Baptist (David Haskell) gathers a diverse band of youthful disciples to follow and learn from the teachings of Jesus (Victor Garber).

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FIRST READING
GOSPEL
CELEBRANT'S INTRODUCTION

Christ’s Coming
Makes Great Demands On Us

In a chaotic world filled with personal, political and often environmental turmoil, it is easy to long for someone coming from the outside to help us, to “fix” things. But today we are reminded that something is also required of us. Preparing for Christ was and is a serious task, involving our own need for hope and repentance. We can look to Jesus for solace and assistance, but we are called to “make straight his paths” and to “produce good fruit as evidence of (our) repentance.” His coming makes great demands on us.

SOURCE: Excerpt by Joan DeMerchant; taken from the Cycle C Sunday Resources feature series. View the full series which has commentary, planning and prayer resources originally published in Celebration, the pastoral and worship planning resource which served readers from 1972 until 2019.

Second Sunday of Advent (A)

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Opening the Word

Isaiah 11:1-10

The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb

  • The reading from Isaiah describes the expected Emmanuel God with us.
  • The reign of Emmanuel will be harmonious, just, and peace-filled. The one who comes will be a person of justice and wisdom.
  • The characteristics or qualities of Emmanuel are what Christians today identify as the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.


ROMANS 15:4-9

Accept one another, as Christ accepted you

  • In the passage from the Letter to the Romans, Paul urges the strong to carry the burdens of the weak, to follow the example of Christ, who became the servant of all.
  • Followers of Christ ought to build the community and its members up rather than tear it down.
  • Paul calls for unity and acceptance, between the Gentile Christians who were the majority and the Jewish-Christian minority.


MATTHEW 3:1-12

Reform your lives!

  • In the Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist is introduced preaching a message of conversion: “Reform your lives! The reign of God is at hand.”
  • John the Baptists’ preaching demanded a radical conversion of the whole person to God.
  • John baptized the people in the River Jordan as a symbolic washing that signified their repentance, but this is a Jewish, not a Christian baptism. On this Sunday, we focus on preparation for Christ.

SOURCES: Content adapted from Our Sunday VisitorThe clipart is from the archive of Father Richard Lonsdale © 2000. The clipart may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.

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