Prepare For The End Of Our Exile
Post date: Dec 5, 2015 3:50:06 AM
2nd Sunday of Advent
We hear in today’s first reading from the prophet Baruch who was in exile with the people of Israel. Jerusalem had been destroyed except in the people’s hearts and spirits. The people had suffered for their sins and longed to go back to Jerusalem and begin. Baruch’s prophecy stated that God would bring His people back from exile in Babylon to Jerusalem. In the second reading, St Paul longed for the early Christian community of the Philippians to discern what is of value and to be ever more and more loving toward one another so as to be pure, blameless and righteous. We see in the gospel reading the call of John the Baptist in the wilderness to “prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Luke 3:4) He addressed the people of God whom God loves to repent for the forgiveness of sins and to return along the straight paths. His words admonish us to prepare for the end of our exile for the salvation of God is at hand.