2nd Sunday of Advent
Reading I: Bar 5:1-9 II: Phil 1:4-6,8-11

Luke 3:1-6

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber'i-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae'a and Trachoni'tis, and Lysa'ni-as tetrarch of Abile'ne,
2 in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca'iaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechari'ah in the wilderness;
3 and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

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One Main Point

John the Baptizer is urging his listeners to turn to God from their wicked ways.


  1. Why is the desert more important than other places listed? Has there been a "desert" in my life?
  2. Living in today's modern society, what do we have to convert "from"?
  3. How are we both like John and unlike him? Who have been John the Baptizers in my life?

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