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Reflection for the Second Sunday in Advent

by Kathleen Cummins, RSHMCategory: Updates

A Season of Waiting

Adent wreath with pinecones and small red balls, four red candles, two which are lit

As we move along in our journey of the season of Advent, also known as the season of waiting, have we thought about WAITING? Do we realize that fifty percent of our life is spent waiting?

Yet, that is what we are asked to highlight during this season of Advent. It leads us to experience happiness by living one day at a time.

Waiting sometimes brings out fear, but the gospel passage ‘Perfect love casts out fear’, assures us that fear is not the last word.

When we can’t put words to it, the Church does it in ritual in the sacraments and sacramentals.

The second Sunday in Advent readings call us to awaken ourselves to PEACE as last week’s called us to HOPE. The world peace in the bible is listed 429 times beginning with Genesis (Gen. 15:15).

John 14:27 reminds us of that wonderful attitude of PEACE when He says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.”

John 9:6 Jesus himself is known as the “Prince of Peace.” This peace is translated as joy in our hearts.

The collect for today is:

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 in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

I complete my reflection with the Responsorial Psalm for the Second Sunday in Advent:

The Lord has done great things for us: we are filled with joy.

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