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ISAIAH 40:1-5,9-11
2 PETER 3:8-14
MARK 1:1-8
Beloved in Christ, on this second sunday of advent, mother church invites us to reflect on the mission of John the Baptist. This is to help us appreciate the importance of preparation in our resolve to be ready for the second coming of Christ at the end of time and also to celebrate his first coming at Christmas.
I have therefore chosen “FORGET THE DELAY, PREPARE”, as our theme for today because our world turn to think that a delay means a no show, how unfortunate on the evidence of the readings of today.
Beloved, this call to prepare is evident in the Baptist call for repentance.  Repentance does not mean only regret for past sins but a change of mind and heart to a new direction of life beginning with keeping with the will of God.
Infact, it is a complete turn about to the direction of God. Consequently, John the Baptist invites us to the desert which is a place of simplicity and silence. It is a call to move away from our daily routine so as to encounter God.
In addition, St. Peter in our second reading condemn those who deny the second coming of Christ and confirms that Christ will come like a thief. Hence, the need for us to prepare as the gospel states.
Beloved in Christ, as we go on with our preparation, we are called upon to be patience because God’s time is different from ours. This patience is a call to wait as well as a call to sacrifice some immediate confort for the sake of a greater good.
This morning also we shall lite the second advent candle which called the candle of preparation so as to reaffirm for us the need to get ourselves ready for the coming of our Saviour.
I therefore invites you to share this homily with your friends so as to help them understand that on this second sunday of advent the Church is calling on us to get ourselves ready because Christ is definitely coming. However, should He delay we are to wait patiently for Him.
May God bless you.
This has been Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for the second sunday of advent.

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