Advent is well known as a time to spiritually prepare ourselves for Christmas, but there is more to the season. While we certainly prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the first coming of Christ which has already occurred, we are also looking forward and preparing ourselves for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
The lectionary reflects this two-fold focus. The readings in the first two weeks of Advent are concerned with the Lord’s coming as judge of all at the end of time. It’s only in the second two weeks of the season that the readings shift and serve as the proximate preparation for his first coming, in the flesh. Continue reading “Dec 8, 2019: 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)”