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Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2012

Blessed Sunday!

Entrance Antiphon:
O people of Sion, behold,
the Lord will come to save the nations,
and the Lord will make the glory of His voice heard
in the joy of your heart.

Collect:
Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet Your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to His company.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings:
Baruch 5:1-9 (Jerusalem, God will show your splendor)
Psalm 126:1-6 “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy”
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 (Show yourselves pure and blameless for the day of Christ)
+ Luke 3:1-6 (All flesh shall see the salvation of God)

Our glory is our holiness,
our freely-chosen righteousness,
the image of the Lord.

Glory of St. Francis Xavier

That’s what we cast away
with the first sin,
our fears and pleasures soiling us
and dark’ning us within.

The hearts that cling to evil’s glitter
will remain all dark and foul,
God’s gift of choice misspent
to shut Him out.
Don’t take that route!
It leads to death

and misery.

Your God wants so much more for you!
He’s smoothed and cleared the path for you
to raise you to the heights.

He comes to do His work in us,
to purify and strengthen us,
to bring out all He made in us,
His image once again
with His free will!

But we must choose to take it on,
His splendor and His holiness,
to cast off deeds of darkness
and put on a robe of light.
Repentance won’t come naturally.
We must put up a fight.

This is the Baptist’s cry:

Prepare the way!

for all the holiness
God has in store for you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2012 3:01 am

    All that God is is holy. All that God does is holy. In fact, as I’ve meditated over the last year or so on this subject in particular, as I was writing a book on the subject of holiness, and just trying to step into what this means, and ponder it . . . the image I have is that of a puny, tiny little bug sitting at the bottom of the mighty snowcapped Himalayas that are towering over the earth. You have this huge, grand, majestic being and this little, itsy-bitsy thing at the bottom trying to take it all in.

    • December 12, 2012 7:04 am

      The good news is that our God carries little bugs on eagle’s wings to the top of that summit (see Exodus 19:4, Deuteronomy 32:11)–but we have to hang on tight to Him in order to get there!

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