by Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
FC #864: December 10: Advent 2: B cycle, 2nd week of Christian Prayer.
Dec 10: 2 Advent: (no Gloria) Isaiah 40:1-5 and 9-11 (Prepare the way of the Lord.); Ps 85:9-14 (Lord, let us see Your kindness and grant us Your salvation.); 2 Peter 3:8-14 (We await new heavens and a new earth.); Alleluia, alleluia! Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia, alleluia! Mark 1:1-8 (Make straight the paths of the Lord.)
Theme: Jesus always comes with a gift for us.
If you have the time to place yourself around the birth of the Messiah (Jesus), and meditate about all the people and places, you will notice something very amazing. Even long before Pentecost, it was the Holy Spirit who was orchestrating the persons and events around the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. As a priest of many years, I have had a lot of time thinking and reading about these events. You have to have the time to put all the pieces together, like you would all the appearances of Jesus after His resurrection.
I have a hard time praying “Come, Lord Jesus.” That is one of the Advent themes referring to the coming of Jesus at the end of time on earth. The earliest church so missed Jesus after His ascension that they expected Him to return very soon. How long have we been waiting for His return and it hasn’t happened yet nor is likely to happen today or tomorrow.