The second reading on Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, is a rejoicing in the faithfulness of the Church and her members.
The Church and her members are tarnished by sin, and sometimes we members fail, and yet the Good News continues to spread and we play our part. The Good News spreads down the generations and among the nations, and this is something to give thanks for, even as we find we ourselves need more encouragement to be more faithful and to better serve our neighbours by the witness we give.
Every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy, remembering how you have helped to spread the Good News from the day you first heard it right up to the present.
I am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes; and God knows how much I miss you all, loving you as Christ Jesus loves you.
My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognise what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ, when you will reach the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us for the glory and praise of God.
Where are you most aware of the lack of the Good News in situations around you?
In what way, even what very small way, can you introduce the the Good News there?
The lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s song Everyone Says Don’t puts it this way.
Make just a ripple, come on be brave.
This time a ripple, next time a wave.
Sometimes you have to start small…