Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent


John the Baptist's call to prepare for the coming of Jesus makes clear the difference between John's Baptism and the Baptism we have received. John's Baptism is a baptism of repentance, a confession of and a sign of sorrow for sin. The Baptism Jesus will bring, our Baptism is a Baptism that actually forgives and removes sin. This is the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit, John's baptism was a sign of sorrow the new Baptism is a sign that actually takes away that sin.

Seven Sacraments

The heart of all the Sacraments, those 7 special signs which actually do what they signify, is the Grace of God the Father, the Power of the Holy Spirit and the Action of Jesus the Son. This work of God is made possible by Christ's death and resurrection.

In his death we have the perfect Sacrifice to God the Father to make up for sin, the perfect sign of love for God the Father, the perfect act of trust and obedience to God the Father. Jesus can offer this sacrifice because he is God, he can offer it on our behalf because he is man. And in the resurrection we have the response of the Father to this Sacrifice, resurrection, new life, the gift of the Holy Spirit, a place in heaven.

Sacrifice of the Mass

This wonderful exchange is offered to us at Holy Mass. Christ who gives himself for us on the cross, becomes present on the altar, and we are invited to join ourselves with his perfect sacrifice, his perfect sign of love, his perfect trust and obedience, a sacrifice we are incapable of making ourselves, but which united with the Church at Mass we can. And in Holy Communion we are offered the promise and foretaste of new life, forgiveness and resurrection, of unity with the Father in Heaven.

Here then at Mass is the heart of our threefold Advent preparation. Preparation to meet Christ who comes to us now, preparation to meet him when he comes again in glory, preparation to celebrate the birth of our saviour.

As the Bishop reminded us last week, don't let anything distract us from this precious four week preparation which is Advent.

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