Sowing Seeds
Second Sunday of Advent
December 10, 2017
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This Sunday we will hear the opening lines of the Gospel of Mark - the first gospel written, and the shortest gospel account.  Unlike Matthew, Luke, and John, Mark doesn't begin with a  genealogy proclamation , an infancy narrative, or a poetic, profound theological statement.  He cuts to the chase: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.  With this statement, Mark charges in like a lion, and continues on that note by quoting Isaiah, "A voice crying out in the desert." The images below are of the front and back covers of our parish's Book of Gospels - the book carried by the Deacon or reader at the beginning of Mass.  The images represent the four gospel writers, with Mark as the lion. Mark's direct, no-nonsense style is timely since we are all running at a frantic pace this time of year. And yet, the message demands our undivided attention:  "One mightier than I is coming."  Yes. One mightier than our shopping list. One mightier than the demands of our calendar. One mightier than all our worldly worries.   Let us prepare our hearts to receive him!

Sunday Scriptures
Click here   to read this Sunday's readings.  
First Reading - Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Salvation, Consolation, Mercy
Responsorial Psalm -  Psalm 85:9-10 / 11-12 / 13-14
Fear of the Lord, Joy
Second Reading - II Peter 3:8-14
God's Timelessness, Preparation for Christ
Gospel - Mark 1:1-8
Promise of Christ
Singing Our Faith
Both Isaiah and John the Baptist proclaim God's salvation - that Christ will come to save us.  This Sunday's music echoes the prophets' cry of salvation.    read more...

Universal Prayer
Inspired by the scriptures, we pray that all members of the Church will live and proclaim God's justice, peace, salvation, comfort, and healing.  read more...

During Advent and Lent, the cantor chants the intercessions and the people respond with a simple "Lord, hear our prayer."  This  contributes  to the meditative and solemn nature of these holy seasons. Not only that, this practice is in accord with Mother Church's challenge for the Sunday liturgy to be completely sung!

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