The Coming Kingdom of Peace


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Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (Year A) preached by Deacon Matt Newsome on Dec. 4, 2022, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC.

Advent is all about preparing for the coming of Christ; both his first coming in history in Bethlehem at Christmas, but more importantly his second coming at the end of history in glory. The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent begin with an image of the wolf lying down with the lamb and end with an image of unquenchable fire. These very different images seem at odds with one another; one tells of peace, the other of destruction. But they each in their own way tell us what that second and final coming will be like.

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