Vol: 45, No.2 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( B) December 10 2017  
O people of Zion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the Joy of your heart. (Isa 30:19, 30)
The theme of today’s liturgy is repentance. Repentance comes with the admission of guilt and the inner disposition to amend ways. When an individual or a community undergoes this process, results follow. The Israelites in exile underwent such a process. And so through prophet Isaiah God tries to console and comfort his people. He also takes the initiative for a new beginning in their history. Through his prophet God asks the people to prepare a way for the Lord. It was God’s plan that he would redeem Israel through his Son. Through calling people to repentance and change of ways John the Baptist prepares the people for the coming of the Messiah. What am I doing to receive the Lord? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God......
Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
(Isaiah speaks tenderly to the Israelites who are taken captives by Babylon and promises them that their suffering will come to an end).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah
(40:1-5, 9-11)

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Get you up to high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
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