Sunday, December 9Second Sunday of Advent The Salvation of our God Today’s Readings: Baruch 5:1–9; Psalm 126:1–2, 2–3, 4–5, 6; Philippians 1:4–6, 8–11; Luke 3:1–6. The Word of the Lord comes to us when we take a rest from our work and withdraw to a place of silence. Try to spend ten minutes a day this week in silence, opening your heart to Jesus, making straight his paths by removing resentment, bitterness, vengeful thoughts, anger, greed, envy, and anything else that might block his path. His great desire is to enter our hearts with the healing that he alone can bring. With the path cleared, Jesus will amaze us with what he can do. He will lower mountains and hills in our life that had seemed insurmountable, straighten winding roads that seem to be leading nowhere, and smooth rough ways that are difficult to navigate. As the love of Christ makes a home in our heart, it will begin to overflow to every person and situation in our life. We will be ready to celebrate Christmas with joy, knowing that it is but a foretaste of the joy we will know when Christ returns “and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” © 2018 Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800. Written by Barbara Matera. Scripture texts are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on March 9, 2018.