December 5
Second Sunday of Advent

Prepare Room in Your Heart

Bar 5:1-9 / Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 / Lk 3:1-16 

Today’s Gospel introduces us to the mission of John the Baptist who proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins in preparation for the way of the Lord.  We also see, however, that there were earthly rulers who stood in stark contrast to the establishment of the Kingdom of God which John heralded.  From Caesar in Rome, to his governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, to the tetrarch Herod who would deprive John of his earthly life, we are reminded that although we should “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar” we should ultimately strive to seek Him who offers us eternal governance and salvation.  As we enter further into this Advent season, let us remember to prepare room in our hearts for Him who is the Giver of all good gifts.