December 7, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Lauren and Billy Edzards help their children Emma, 11, and Max, 5, assemble an Advent wreath on the first Sunday of Advent at Our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2019. (OSV News photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Source & Summit: The Second Sunday of Advent

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it. 

-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of Parish Revival. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.

Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Sunday, December 10, 2023:

Source & Summit: The Second Sunday of Advent


Isaiah 40:1—5, 9-11

Psalm 85:9—14

2 Peter 3:8—14

Mark 1:1—8


As we prepare anew for the coming of Jesus into the world, are we open to God’s call in our daily lives?

God comes with comfort and care for all people. What this looks like in our lives depends on many external factors. Are we wondering where our next meal will come from or where we will sleep tonight? Do fear and violence rob us of an awareness of safety and God’s loving presence? Many people in our world do not experience justice, they see little hope in the face of war, they feel discarded and powerless in the face of daily realities. Through Jesus, we proclaim a new heaven and a new earth. One rooted in love, justice, and compassion. This is found abundantly in Jesus, the Christ, and in his Church through each of us. Let us pause to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In union with the Spirit, we are sent on mission to proclaim and live the message, and love, of Jesus to our hurting world. Come Lord Jesus and meet the deepest needs of my heart, so I can be an overflowing vessel of your love and mercy to the world this Christmas. Amen!

-Jeff Andrini


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