The Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent: "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."
First Reading is from Isaiah: 40 1-5, 9-11 and begins, "Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.....A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord....Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care."
Responsorial Psalm: "Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Second Reading from the second Letter of Peter 3:8-14 "Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise....Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace."
Gospel of Mark 1:1-8 This Gospel has John the Baptist appearing in the desert....John is a great figure of Advent for he came to prepare the way of the Lord.
The reflection for today in Give Us This Day is from Oscar Romero and worth pondering so I will copy it in my blog tomorrow.
Actually, the first part was published on December 4 by mistake, but the rest comes tomorrow.