Second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2018

First Reading: Malachi 3:1–7b

Epistle: Philippians 1:2–11

Gospel: Luke 3:1–14 (15–20)

The season of Advent emphasizes preparation for the coming of God, or of the Messiah King. Such preparation does not take place in a neutral vacuum. Those who are to prepare the way of the Lord and make his paths smooth are those who are in the midst of struggle and difficulty and are burdened by personal sin. Thus, preparation assumes two important aspects: repentance and steadfast trust in the promises of God.

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