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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 2nd (B) of Advent

Gospel text (Mk 1,1-8): This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of Isaiah, the prophet, «I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way. Let the people hear the voice calling in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, level his paths». So John (…) preached to the people saying, «After me comes one who is more powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. As for me, I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandals».

The one "God-who-comes"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, at the beginning of the new yearly cycle, the Church —as John the Baptist— renews her proclamation to all the peoples and sums it up in two words: "God comes". It is not used in the past tense (God has come) or in the future (God will come), but in the present: "God comes". This is a present continuous, that is, an ever-continuous action: it happened, it is happening now and it will happen again. In whichever moment "God comes".

One of the features essential and characteristic of God is that He is the "God-who-comes". The one true God, "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" is not a God who is there in Heaven, unconcerned with us and our history, but He is the "one-God-who-comes". He is a father who never stops thinking of us. And in the extreme respect of our freedom, desires to meet us and visit us: He is also the "God-with-us".

—Jesus comes because He desires to free us from evil and death, from all that prevents our true happiness: God comes to save me.