2nd Sunday of Advent – Year B

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 

Isaiah uses words of encouragement to the exiles in Babylon.  To everyone and everywhere, in all times and in all places, we are called to prepare ourselves for what god will do.  God surely brings comfort for our distress and the assurance that he is there to help us.

 

2 Peter 3:8-14

We read in 2 Peter a very stern warning to all.  The coming of Christ in judgment will be like the arrival of a thief in the night.  God does not want anyone to be lost, but He is waiting patiently for all to repent.  We are faithfully await God’s coming by living in faithfulness and holiness

 

Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptist called people to repentance and forgiveness of sin.  He was a voice crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.”

Prayers of the Faithful

For those who serve our congregations, that they may possess the will of Christ. Let us pray to the Lord.

 

For the leaders of the world, that there may be justice and peace on the earth. Let us pray to the Lord.

 

For the carers of the infirm, the ill and the elderly, that they may be given strength to help and heal. Let us pray to the Lord.

 

For those who uphold the law, that they may not discriminate. Let us pray to the Lord.

 

For those who have creative minds, that they are able to help expand limited visions. Let us pray to the Lord.

 

For all maintenance workers, that they may be aware of their importance and worth. Let us pray to the Lord.

MASS OFFERINGS

If you wish a Mass to be offered for the deceased or a special intention on a particular date, please ensure you submit the request well in advance.  Masses are offered when the next free day is available, and the Mass may not be able to be offered for a week or two.  So, for a particular date for an anniversary or other significant event (eg birthday) please plan in advance to avoid disappointment.