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2nd Sunday in Advent, Year B

John the Baptist and the Mystery of Advent 

 


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The Second Sunday in the Season of Advent for Year B shifts our focus from the final advent, or second coming of Christ at the end of time, to the first advent of Jesus by bringing us back to the very beginning of the Gospel of Mark.  This again might seem a little more natural that if we are starting Year B, and we are starting with Mark, we would go back to the beginning.  So we are going to read here from Mark 1:1-8, and this is the beginning of the second gospel.  Now before I begin this reading, note something here that's different about Mark from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.  Matthew and Luke both begin their Gospels with two chapters of discussion about the infancy of Christ, about his nativity, his birth.  Mark doesn't do that though, Mark goes straight into the public ministry of Jesus and its preparation in the figure of John the Baptist — who is a very prominent figure during the Advent season because John is the precursor or the forerunner to Christ.  So let’s read the Gospel through and I will try to highlight a few elements in the passage and help you understand what the passage would have meant in its original context, and also why it is important for the Advent season.  So Mark 1:1-8 says...

 

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5 Responses

David
David

December 09, 2017

I just signed up for the yearly membership this week. After finishing the 2nd Sunday of Advent video, I know that I’m going to enjoy the next year. One key take way for me is putting the Old Testament and New Testament together in context as well as knowing what was going on in the pagan world during the same time period. Context is key to proper understanding.

Winston Brignac
Winston Brignac

December 05, 2017

I love it.

Rufino Brillantes
Rufino Brillantes

December 05, 2017

This Advent reading is mind-blowing. So much go digest. I feel like the disciple on the Road to Emmaus and Jesus opening up the Scriptures to me pointing to all the prophecies about him. Thanks

Maureen Lamarche
Maureen Lamarche

December 04, 2017

Thank you for this wonderful commentary, especially the link between the first, and now second exodus. A new perspective to be shared.

Patrick Cronin
Patrick Cronin

December 04, 2017

Refreshing to walk through Advent with Dr. Pitre as a Scriptural guide. I never read the reflection without learning much. Please continue with your valuable and timely post.

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