Second Sunday of Advent
Saint of the day
Saint Gregory III (d.741)
Saint Gregory III was not intending on taking over the papacy when Saint Gregory II passed away. He was part of the crowd that was mourning the loss of the pope during his funeral procession, when someone recognized him as a renowned holy man. Suddenly, Gregory was whisked away by the crowd and declared the next pope! After he was pronounced Pope Gregory III, he was faced with his first problem. Emperor Leo III condemned the adoration of holy images because he believed it to be idolatry. Gregory III promptly sent a letter to Leo III, but it went undelivered because his messenger was frightened to deliver it. Since his letter was not effective, Gregory III called a synod instead that imposed harsh consequences on anyone who tried to destroy images of Jesus, Mary, or the saints. Leo III countered this decree by sending ships to kidnap Gregory III. However, God had other ideas. A severe storm destroyed Leo's ships, foiling his plans. Pope Saint Gregory III lived out his vocation as pope from 731-741.
Sometimes the Lord surprises us with the plans that he has for us. Saint Gregory III must have been very surprised with God's plan for him when he was swept up by the crowd and made the next pope. Even though this appointment was not expected, and he faced problems right from the start, Saint Gregory III lived out his vocation with determination and faith. Spend some quiet time with the Lord. Ask him to give you the faith and courage needed to live out what he is calling you to do.
Dear Jesus, empower me to respond to the things you challenge me to do in my life. Give me courage to be a sign of your presence. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Advent
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Violet
Reading 1: Is 40:1-5, 9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14
Reading 2: 2 Pt 3:8-14
Alleluia: Lk 3:4, 6
Gospel: Mk 1:1-8View complete readings on USCCB.org