Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” On the Second Sunday of Advent the Gospel assures us that God is not far away. When John the Baptist says in the Gospel “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand...”, he is telling us that God is very, very near. So near that he can be touched. This should be welcome news for us, especially at this time, with all the negative and tragic news around us. Today’s Gospel calls on us to look forward in hope for the saving love of our God, the Word-made-flesh who comes to us especially at Christmas.
Yes, Advent, the season of hope, the season of expectation, the time of waiting, is most apt not just because it precedes Christmas but also because it challenges us to face our present volatile activities in some of our homes, wider society and even our schools. Hope is the key to our present malaise. Hope is, to my mind, the confident expectation of the best that is yet to come.
As we prepare this Advent to celebrate the beautiful season of Christmas, let us do so by preparing not just our homes and places for social activities, but more so by preparing ourselves for the coming of the Word-of-God made flesh at Christmas. Yes, hear John the Baptist saying “The Kingdom of God is close at hand” and let’s respond by preparing to welcome Jesus who initiates the Kingdom of God through his birth.
Fr. Clement Paul.
Rev. Stephen Joseph