The Second Sunday of Advent
As we embark on the sacred journey of Advent, our hearts are drawn to the resonant theme of peace woven throughout the Scriptures. Today, our reflections will be guided by the words of Isaiah 40:1–11, Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13, 2 Peter 3:8–15a, and Mark 1:1–8. Together, these passages illuminate the path to true peace, a peace that transcends the transient chaos of our world.
1. Isaiah 40:1–11 (The Voice of Comfort):
Isaiah's prophetic voice rings out, proclaiming, "Comfort, comfort my people." The Advent season begins with the assurance that God desires to bring us a deep and abiding peace.
Illustration: Envision a tender scene of a parent comforting a child, symbolizing the profound peace that God offers to His people.
2. Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13 (The Harmony of Righteousness and Peace):
The psalmist paints a canvas of righteousness and peace kissing each other. In Advent, we are invited to participate in the harmonious dance of God's righteousness and peace.
Illustration: Picture a beautifully choreographed dance, where two partners move in perfect unity—an allegory for the divine harmony between righteousness and peace.
3. 2 Peter 3:8–15a (The Patience of Peace):
Peter's letter urges us to embrace the patience of God's timing, recognizing that with the Lord, a day is like a thousand years. As we await the promised peace, let us find solace in God's patient and purposeful timing.
Illustration: Imagine a serene sunset, reminding us that just as the day transitions to night, so does God's timing unfold in perfect order.
4. Mark 1:1–8 (The Preparing of Peace):
Mark introduces us to the voice of John the Baptist, crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way for the Lord." Our Advent journey is a call to prepare our hearts for the arrival of the Prince of Peace.
Illustration: Envision a gardener carefully tending to a field, removing weeds and cultivating the soil—a reflection of our role in preparing the ground for the growth of God's peace.
1. Comfort in God's Presence: Both Isaiah and the psalmist emphasize the comforting presence of God as a source of true peace.
2. Harmony of Righteousness and Peace: Psalm 85 beautifully illustrates the interconnectedness of righteousness and peace, reminding us that true peace is found in God's righteousness.
3. Patience and Purposeful Timing: Peter's letter encourages us to find peace in God's patient and purposeful timing, trusting that His promises will come to fruition.
4. Preparing for the Prince of Peace: Mark's Gospel underscores the call to actively prepare our hearts for the advent of the Prince of Peace.
As we navigate this Advent season, may we be inspired by these common themes. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. As we prepare for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, let us actively cultivate the soil of our hearts, embracing the comforting presence of God and participating in the harmonious dance of righteousness and peace.
—Dr. John Hill, Editor