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Second Sunday In Advent B
December 6, 2020
Anne Osdieck
First Reading
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11

1. World history, left to human management, can seem to be a wasteland. Or at best a rough road. Name the “wasteland” aspects of it right now. Is there anything you can you do to help smooth our very “rough spots”?

2. Do you think God has been walking on the roads of world history? Does God walk with us when we are in the present “rugged country”? Could Isaiah’s shepherd image help flatten out the ruggedness in any of our lives?

Second Reading
2 Peter 3:8-14

1. This reading says that the Lord “is patient with you.” Are you patient with others? For instance, how do you react as the pandemic makes more and more lives very difficult? Are you patient with yourself and ones you live with?

2. “We await new heavens and a new earth.” What is your relationship with earth? Do you take it for granted, or do you treat it with reverence even now in the midst of crisis? What small/large thing can you do to remedy the climate emergency?


Mark 1:1-8

1. John the Baptist was, as Isaiah prophesied, “a voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’” (John 1:23). Compare that statement with Pope Francis’ words:

My mission of being in the heart of the people ... is not an “extra” or just another moment in life. Instead, it is something I cannot uproot from my being without destroying my very self. I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing. All around us we begin to see nurses with soul, teachers with soul, politicians with soul, people who have chosen deep down to be with others and for others.

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 273

2. Do you share John the Baptist’s mission to proclaim Christ’s coming into the world? Do you do this with words or by the way you live? How is John’s message of repentance and judgment different from Jesus’ message?

Anne Osdieck

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