Psalm for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14

The responsorial psalm for this second week of Advent comes from Psalm 85, a national lament reminding God of past favors and forgiveness, and begging for forgiveness and grace now.

This particular passage reveals a community waiting for God’s word, a prophetic oracle that will announce peace. There is no direct appeal to God; these verses depict the people awaiting a reply to a plea that must have been made elsewhere. Presumably they are in some form of distress.

There is great expectancy here — the people have done what they can to get God’s attention. The next move is God’s.

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