Father Anthony's Sunday Reflection
For Sunday December 4th, 2022
2nd Sunday of Advent
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” The emphasis of this message cannot be any louder, not only then, in the past, but even now, coming from John the Baptist. As we celebrate this Second Sunday of Advent, time seems to be running out for us to be ready. This season of Advent continues to advance the twofold message of change of heart through repentance and preparation for the Lord’s coming. We are so glad that within our area we have so many opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Let us take advantage of this wonderful moment. Human history in the scriptures has it that human beings strayed from God. And many times this brought about the existence of sin and losing the harmony among people that God intended. Christ came to get rid of sin and to fight it within human beings. In order to succeed in this venture, we as human beings must cooperate with God and the opportunity we have is a season like this one to bring us back to the Lord. Preparations for Christmas are in high gear and no doubt the mood around us can prove this. However as Christians we must intensify our innermost preparations by getting rid of anything within us that might prevent us from receiving the joy of the birth of our Lord. May the prophetic voice of John the Baptist resound in our ears and may we not be lost in other voices of destruction. God continues to speak through so many prophets of our times and may we heed to their voices in order to build a kingdom of justice, truth and love.