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Second Sunday of Advent A
December 8, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Entrance Rites

Many Christians seem to have a problem with the total message of the Incarnation and Christ’s Advent. They tend to select some safe portion of their lives which they open to God while they slam shut all the others.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

John the Dipper

The word “baptism,” which is transliterated directly from the Greek, actually means “dipping in a liquid.” In Mediterranean antiquity, water, fire, and wind (or spirit) were viewed as liquids that could be poured upon or into people.


Thoughts from the
Early Church


Whether any of us here present will see the end of the world I know not; very likely none of us will. Even so, the time is very near for each of us, for we are mortal. There are hazards all around us.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.

Sad to say, Fr. Larry Gillick has stopped writing reflections for Sundays as of the First Sunday of Advent. We will miss him a lot, but will have new material in this spot soon. Thanks to Fr. Larry for his inspiring analyses of the readings!

Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The Old Testament is precisely the book of hope and promise. It is an incomplete book, pointing forward to an event that had not yet taken place, namely, the final act of God.