Cycle A Second Sunday of Advent

ln this reading from Isaiah we see at some point in the future the LORD will raise up an offspring of David who shall right the wrongs and bring justice to all. Which one of us do not long for justice? Those who do evil in God’s sight, those who are ruthless, those who take advantage of the poor, those who pride themselves for their success, those who do wicked deeds presuming they will not be caught, these do not want justice. More importantly in this passage, however, is the notion that this offspring of Jesse will be a judge so wise, so full of knowledge, so full of wisdom and understanding that even the Gentiles and those of many nations will seek him out. Do we seek him too? Do we invite others to seek him?
Paul’s letter reminds us that what was written by the prophets is for our endurance and encouragement. Do we sing God’s praises even when others around us don’t want to hear of God’s mercy? Do we invite others to prepare themselves especially those who believe they have no need of any of god’s mercy because the only god they recognize is themselves?
We hear of John’s message of repentance in the Gospel. Do we live that message ourselves? Do we share that message with others? Are we similar to the Pharisees and Sadducees and presume ourselves to be saved because we call ourselves “Christian”? John calls us to “Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.” When we look around us, what kind of fruit do we see? Are we well prepared for the offspring of Jesse to come with Justice?

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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