PRAYER FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
God of power and mercy,
open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,
so that we may share Christ’s wisdom
and become one with Christ when Christ comes in glory,
for Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Church’s Opening Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent — Sacramentary 1985)
REFLECTION ON THE GOSPEL FOR
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT MARK 1:1-8
We hear today the first words of the oldest Gospel.
“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ…”
Bad news is everywhere. It’s how we sell newspapers and all kind of stuff on TV. Good news too is everywhere, but we must look for it, and know it when we see it. Are you warm and well fed? Good news! Are you in healthy relationships? That’s good news too. Make a list. You may be surprised at all the good news in your life, starting with how great it is to be alive.
Mark proclaimed Jesus as his good news. His is the oldest (and shortest) Gospel. Take time to read a little of Mark, and discover Jesus as good news for yourself. If you want good news, you must look for it.