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Second Sunday of Advent 2013

On the Second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah's vision of God's peace in the first reading, Paul's call to harmony in the second reading, and John's challenge to "reform our lives" in the Gospel provide a perfect opportunity for us to examine where God's reign is yet to be fulfilled in our lives and in our world. Isaiah looks to the future to "that day" when God will restore and renew his people and harmony will be restored to creation. St. Paul prays that the Romans will "think in harmony", being truly concerned for one another. John the Baptist, reminiscent of ancient Israel's great prophets like Elijah, calls us to "prepare the way of the Lord". As a forerunner of the Messiah, his words call us to repentance. He challenges us to "produce good fruit as evidene of your repentance". To respond wholeheartedly to his message, we must acknowledge our sins and open ourselves to God's gifts of mercy.

As we reflect on our readings, we ask ourselves:
Is there somewhere in my life that harmony needs to be restored?
What "good fruit" do I produce?

– Mickey Pitcher

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