Second Sunday of AdventDecember 10, 2012
A SEASON AMONG MANY
It is helpful to have a bit of background. Baruch was a sort of secretary to Jeremiah, both of whom living during the most disasterous period of Israel’s history – the Babylonian Captivity.
Now most of us probably think about the Egyptian slavery as the work oppression God’s people suffered, but that was nothing compared to the Babylonian captivity.
Our Gospel echoes Baruch. Luke is going to give us a list of names that represent the whole of the hierarchy of political and social governance in the day. These names represent terrible oppression.
And in both cases, Baruch and Luke tell the people to prepare their hearts and minds, for the Lord is going to act. As we hear these readings this evening, we must ask ourselves, what needs preparing in your life in order for God to act? What do you need to facilitate the arrival of God in your life today?
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Second Sunday of Advent: (Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6)