Sunday

10 Dec 2017

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle B Click here for all content for this cycle

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11  God departed with the exiles and returns to the land of Israel along with the people.

Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14  Kindness and truth, justice and peace become intimates in the time of salvation.

2 Peter 3:8-14  An apocalyptic ending is guaranteedbut the people of the promise await a world of righteousness.

Mark 1:1-8  The messenger comes announcing apocalypse and the great arrival of hope.

The inner word

The inner word

What’s in your heart?

The theme of vigilance is being struck again this week. It’s good to become alert and aware of what’s percolating inside at this turbulent time of endings and new beginnings.

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Exploring the word

Exploring the word

Ready or not

Some things take forever to get here. Whether it’s the arrival of a friend, a birthday, or the holiday season we’re anticipating, the day can’t come fast enough. Even if it’s bad news we’re waiting on—something that will determine the future of our job or a relationship or even our health—the waiting period can tie us up in knots.

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In other words

In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

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Homily stories

Homily stories

By any other name

Jennifer was the No. 1 name given to newborn girls every year from 1970 to 1984, resulting in more women named Jennifer in the United States than there are people in the state of Montana. Growing up, I usually had two to four classmates who shared my name, and we would negotiate at the start of every school year who would go by “Jennifer,” “Jenny,” “Jen,” or some other nickname.

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Prayers

Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Gathered as a community of faith, we cry out to the God who saves us.

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Quotes

Quotes

Jesus my Lord has come, then. He has smoothed out your rough places and changed your disorderly ways into level paths, making in you an unimpeded road, a road that is absolutely clear, so that God the Father may walk in you and Christ the Lord make his dwelling in you and say: My Father and I will come and make our home in them. 

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