2nd Sunday of Advent
1st Reading Isaiah 11:1-10
Responsorial Psalm Ps.72:1-2,7-8,12-13.17
2nd Reading Romans 15:4-9
Gospel Matthew 3:1-12
Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come from the stump of Jessi and would be equipped with the gifts of the Spirit – with wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2 ). When the Lord Jesus came, He was equipped with all these qualities to fulfil the prophesy.
Paul tells us in the 2nd reading that Jesus came to make sure that salvation goes out to everyone Jews, Greeks and the gentiles
In the Gospel, John the Baptist featured as a forerunner to herald the coming of Jesus Christ. His task was to prepare His way for the coming of the saviour. In preparing the way he was actually preparing the hearts of the people to be able to receive the Lord Jesus when he eventually comes.
thus John the Baptist’s ministry led to people confessing their sins leading them to repentance and being baptised. John the Baptist was a herald to the first coming of the saviour, we as Christians must be heralds to His second coming by preparing the hearts of men and women to be ready to receive the Lord when He comes again.
Like John the Baptist our encounter with people should lead them closer to God. Remarkably John the Baptist was known for being fearless in speaking the truth. We must be bold and courageous enough to speak and stand for the truth in any situation we find ourselves.