Second Sunday of Advent “Peace”

Scripture

Mark 1:1-8

The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
He’ll make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!

John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.

As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

 

Reflection

Luke 2:13-14

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace(G) to those on whom his favor rests.”

In the Advent cycle, the second Sunday is designated the Peace Sunday.  In the great hymn, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, it is implied that there is a team of Angels responsible only for the declaration of Good News.  They are the Herald Angels! 

I believe that EVERYTHING we need to know about the miracle of the manger and the promise of the PEACE we seek and need is summed up in the first verse: Hark! the herald angels sing:

“Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled”

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With angelic hosts proclaim:

“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Hark! the herald angels sing:

“Glory to the newborn King.”

On the night Christ was born the Herald Angels found the shepherds to make the formal birth announcement that reminded them and eventually each of us that, despite the challenges and obstacles in life, Peace on Earth is within our grasp! 

And I don’t know about you, but in these times I am going to cling to this Good and Glorious promise!

As each of us seek and live in the Peace that is promised this Holy and Sacred season let us be reminded of these beautiful words of John Lennon: “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” 

Peace is yours this glorious Advent Season. Amen!

O Come, O Come Emmanuel


 

 

Away in A Manger


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