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Vol: 46, No.2 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ( C) December 09 2018  
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)
As the forerunner of Jesus, John’s ministry precedes that of Jesus. The beginning of John’s ministry is presented by the evangelist in a solemn manner by naming the political and religious leaders of the time. As the ministry of Jesus follows immediately after that of John the Baptist, the evangelist does not feel compelled to give a solemn beginning to Jesus’ ministry because the situation remains unchanged. By naming the political and religious leaders of the time under whose gaze John and Jesus begin their ministries, Luke brings in legitimacy for the Christian movement that has world-wide implications. Moreover, the ministries of John and Jesus unfold according to a divine plan. The prophets of old had spoken about a time when all peoples of the world would see God’s salvific plan, and that plan is being inaugurated through the ministry of John. Jesus who comes after John will lead the people to salvation. How do we welcome the Saviour of the world? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed

Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our 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.
(Baruch urges the Jerusalemites to exchange their garments of mourning for the robes of glory and justice that will come from God. They are told to look eastwards and see the exiles returning home).
A reading from the Book of Baruch

Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting. For God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven. For your name will for ever be called by God, “Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.” Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height and look towards the east, and see your children gathered from west and east, at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them. For they went forth from you on foot, led away by
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