Kings Rule, God Reigns

St. Francis at Prayer

Keeping the Season of Advent for Sunday, December 4, 2022

Second Week of Advent

Isaiah’s prophecy reinforces the vision that a new king will come from the “holy mountain” upon which Jerusalem will be built. The scene that Isaiah imagines is much like the Garden of Eden, where animals have no enemies and the kingdom is peaceful. The prophet puts forth the hope that one day God will reign over the earth and the will of God will bring true harmony and peace.

The refrain for Psalm 72 parallels justice and peace. Peace will result when a king governs with justice and when the poor are rescued and saved. To govern with integrity, the king must be blessed. From that blessing, “all the tribes of the earth” can be blessed. Listen carefully to this psalm that proclaims that a leader protects and serves those who are defenseless, vulnerable and victims of injustice. What better way to anticipate the second week of Advent than to find a way to treat with kindness a victim of injustice? What better way to “think in harmony,” as St. Paul states in the second reading than to seek reconciliation with a family member or friend? Keep in mind St. Paul’s instruction to “welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomes you.”

Today’s readings: Isaiah 11:1–10; Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 12–13, 17; Romans 15:4–9; Matthew 3:1–12.

Celebrate This Christmas!
While you’re having a quiet moment for prayer or dinner this week as a family, use this week’s KEEPING THE SEASON’s handout to bring Advent and the seasons beyond to life at your house. The gifts of joy and hope given to us by the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus offer something for everyone!

© 2022 Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800. Text by Patricia J. Hughes, dmin. Scripture quotations are from the New American Bible, revised edition. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago.


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