On the Gospel of Matthew 24:37-44
Second Sunday of Advent
As the cities glow with glistening lights and our streets and shops fill with images of festive feasts and feel-good gifts each offering their own brand of ‘holiday happiness,’ it’s all too easy to slip into an easy-going superficiality at this busy time of year. Strikingly, like some fabled Old Testament Prophet stepping out from the mists of time, St. John the Baptist strides across our path in this Sunday’s Gospel. His cry is a call to each of us; to confront ourselves and our salvation and the hope and joy that truly is the coming of our Saviour into the world.