Sunday, December 6, 2009
Second Sunday of Advent
The first week of Advent is over and we are now looking at John the Baptist who came to prepare the way of the Lord. We have Luke, in this Sunday's Gospel telling us how John went about proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; Luke quotes the prophet Isaiah's words:
"A voice of one crying out in the desert:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and
hill be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
All the readings give us hope.
We had a wonderful Advent retreat yesterday at St. Thomas University given by one of the most articulate RSCJ that I know; she integrated the spirit of the Society of the Sacred Heart, St. Madeleine Sophie's life and prayer, and our Advent preparation. It was so well done and one of the best Advent retreats I have made and I have been giving them or making them for the past 23 years at the University. I will share more later in the week. The quote that stays with me from yesterday is one of my favorite from a letter of Sophie: "Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others."