Preparation, Repentance, Forgiveness

Date: December 10, 2017
Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday of Advent; Year B

John, the baptizer
preparing the way for Christ
the gift of new life

Summary:
The story of John, the Baptizer, stands front and center at the beginning of all four Gospel accounts. We turn to him every Advent, as we explore the importance of baptism in our life together today.

Some discussion Questions:
1. How does John the Baptizer prepare the people to receive Jesus into their lives?
2. In Isaiah 40, what relationship does the prophet envision between the people of Israel and God?
3. Is the promised end of time good news or bad news for us today?

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The Return of Christ

December 3, 2017
The First Sunday in Advent: Year B

in a world gone bad
the promise of Christ’s return
source of hope and peace

Summary:
In the “Little Apocalypse of St. Mark” Jesus promises to return to earth one day and gather the elect to God. We may not be living in a time and place where many long for the end to come, but these still can be words of hope for us today.

Some discussion Questions:
1. How do I understand the promised return of Christ to this world?
2. What does Isaiah mean (in 64:8) by “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father?
3. In 1st Corinthians 1:3-9, what does the Apostle Paul notice, and what does he promise?

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