Sunday Soundbite for December 6, 2020

Second Sunday of Advent

Cycle B
December 6, 2020

Today we’re dependent on those responsible for the media messages that bombard us. How credible are those who craft our social media and television news? Who can we trust?

It’s no wonder people often identify the news by the presenter. When TV news was coming of age, it was Walter Cronkite. Today…well, cable news and podcasts offer us a wide range of personalities and commentators.

Today’s Advent readings also offer us hope-filled messages from various messengers:

— the Prophet Isaiah, “a voice, crying in the wilderness”;

— Zion or Jerusalem, God’s holy city heralding God’s approach with power;

— John the Baptist, echoing Isaiah, calling for repentance to prepare the way for the Messiah.

And the author of the Second Reading, who cautions us to treat the message of God’s intervention seriously: Although Christ’s second coming is yet to occur, we can rely on the hope-filled message of Christ’s return in glory. We must always live in readiness.

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