St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
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|“ . . . and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
|Focus on the Gospel
December 9, Second Sunday of Advent
| There are two birthdays that most people, particularly Christians, probably never forget: Jesus’
and their own. They get presents on both birthdays. But John the Baptist did not go through the
harsh land on the east side of the Jordan River, “crying out in the desert” and calling for people to go
put up lights on their house, decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments, and buy presents for so
many. In fact, in the time of Jesus and John, there would have been one or two lights from oil lamps
inside a typical house at night and no lights outside. On the rare occasion when presents were given
or exchanged, they would have been made or cooked by the giver. John did not even tell people to
buy a gift for Jesus. John was challenging the people of his day, and us, to get ready for the message
of Jesus and to prepare to imitate him. John was saying that Jesus would be our light and would
bring us the gift of eternal life. All Jesus wants from us in return is to accept his gifts and appreciate
|“The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life.
Of whom shall I be afraid?”
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