Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

This Sunday, we hear John the Baptist “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mk 1:4) But John runs the risk of being once again “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” (Mk 1:3) No longer the Judean wilderness, but our own desert. Accustomed as we are to hearing the invitation “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,” (Mk 1:3) we may not listen to him anymore. Enclosed in the desert of our sufferings, of our occupations and of the noise of our world, will we allow ourselves to be immersed and baptized in the fire of love of our God?

In today’s second reading, Peter reminds us that “the Lord is not slow about his promise […] but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Pet. 3 :9).

Let us, therefore, take advantage of the season of Advent to open our hearts and thus prepare for the coming of the Lord. There are three comings of Christ, that of Christmas, that of the end of time, and that of the everyday. “This middle coming is like a road that leads from the first coming to the last.” (St Bernard of Clairvaux) “Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grand us your salvation.” (Ps 85:8).

+Bishop Yvan Mathieu

2nd Sunday of Advent – Reflecting with Bishop Yvan Mathieu

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