The Second Sunday of Advent – 10 December 2017
God is coming to save his people and to open up our way into the future.
Comfort, give comfort to my people,
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!…Isaiah 40:1
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish…Peter 3:11-14
We begin this second week of our Advent journey
with this wonderful proclamation of the end of our exile.
Even in the wasteland of our lives,
there will be a smooth highway for our God.
Let us experience today what it will be like to be
freed from the power of our sins to hold us captive.
Our longing, our desire:
that we might be set free.
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To the Lord Jesus Christ, judge of the living dead,
let us pray:
Come, Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus, You came to save sinners,
– protect us in times of temptation.
You will come in glory to be our judge,
– show in us your power to save.
Help us to keep the precepts of Your law with the strength
of the Spirit and to look forward in love to Your coming.
You are praised throughout the ages; in Your mercy help
us to live devoutly and temperately in this life,
– as we wait in joyful hope for the revelation of Your glory.
Through the darkness, I look for Your wisdom.
I want my heart to be open to You.
But sometimes in these days, it seems that
so many things come between us.
Help me to be awake and aware
of the radiance You bring to my life.
Help me to be grateful each day
for the blessings of family and friends.
Let me be a peacemaker
in my own life and in the world.
Let me pray especially for this difficult world
and those who are so in need of an end to violence.
My heart begs for this as my Advent prayer today.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.