Wisdom comes for us all in many forms, but most fully, most perfectly as God’s living Word, Jesus Christ himself.
There are many opportunities for us to engage with God’s Wisdom, but none has the power or effect of spending time with Jesus himself, in Word, in Holy Communion – in the Eucharist and in the communion of the Church.
The Gospels have a privileged role in strengthening this communion.
- During the Church that begins this Advent it will be the Gospel of Mark that we hear most regularly on Sundays.
- Why not reacquaint yourself with the Gospel as a whole? To read the work as a whole gives us a richer understanding of Jesus and his work, and his meaning for us and our lives, than we get from isolated passages.
- This Sunday’s Gospel reading at Mass is the first verses of Mark’s Gospel. Start there, and just keep reading!
Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Almighty and merciful God,
may no earthly undertaking hinder those
who set out in haste to meet your Son,
but may our learning of heavenly wisdom
gain us admittance to his company.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
~ Translation of the Collect: English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved
~ Commentary: © 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photograph:© 2015, Allen Morris. Cover for Book of Scriptures, Treasury, The Kremlin, Moscow.