Second Sunday of Advent C

Second Sunday of Advent C

 Any hope for us some may cry out? And just as after every great devastation, people look forward to someone who will come and turn things around so at the moment in the midst of this war we look forward to a messiah. War here has a connotation that implies every point of backwardness or inappropriate state of things. In our religious life it can be seen as the state of death that is caused by sin, life of exile; away from God presence.

As we continue with our preparation to meet Jesus at Christmas at one level, and for his final coming at another level, we come face to face with the comforting message from the prophet Baruch. A very important dimension to this book is that it was written in Babylon by Jeremiah’ secretary after the deportation. With this piece of information at hand, the tone of the prophetic message can be properly understood.

 As mentioned by John,  In similar tone just like Baruch, John heralds the coming of the messiah who comes to bring salvation, life and restoration. There is a nexus here between John and Baruch; the new hope and life is premised on adequate turn around; taking off the garment of sorrow and affliction as mentioned by Baruch, and prepare the way of the Lord make His path straight, every valley shall be filled and mountain and hill shall be brought low and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways shall be made smooth Lk 3:6

A future that seem bleak. Some can no longer gather to worship for fear of terror, some have been exiled from their homes. Really a pathetic situation to imagine and live in.

After the deportation, the Israelites did not recover immediately. Their heads were still filled with the exilic experiences and sorrows. The land was not the way they left it. So the prophet assured them of God’s continuous intervention. God will level the highways in order to facilitate their journey back home and ultimately he will bring about the restoration of the Land. With these strong words of hope, we can better comprehend the gospel reading.

 The hope conveyed here is that God does not abandon His own and God will always fulfill His promises. Same scenario can be painted of our Life’ journey. Some real dark moments. Moments of despair as some feel around our nation. Moments of hardship and hunger, marginalization a

Truly the Messiah will come and set us free and he continues to give us life hence like the psalmist we can echo; what great deeds the Lord has done for us indeed we were glad. May the good deeds of the Lord continue to fall abundantly on us even as we make effort to prepare his path into our lives through Christ our Lord Amen

Funny enough, we may ask; is it God’ path that needs to be attended to or ours? Figuratively, the preparation we ought to embark on is the path of God into our hearts and lives. If we do not prepare then we only become hindrance to our salvation. Consequently, every form of sin constitute the hills and mountains that must be leveled. They form the holes of the valley and the winding and crooked corners of the path. We must therefore hasten to make amends in order that the Messiah will find a smooth path to our hearts when He comes and ultimately find us ready at our final hour as contained in the second reading.

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