If the first week of Advent serves as a call to repentance, to "cease doing evil, and to learn to do good," then the second week of Advent reminds us that living an upright life alone is not enough. We must submit ourselves in humility to the will of God.
In the Scripture Reading for the Second Sunday in Advent, the Lord calls His children—the inhabitants of Jerusalem—to return to him. Freed from sin, they must nevertheless mourn their past sins, but because of their spiritual pride, they refuse. Instead, while they should be preparing their souls for the coming of their Savior, they celebrate, and God vows to humble them.
It is a sobering message during this "holiday season" that we know as Advent. The world around us, even though it has long ago abandoned belief in Christ, still makes merry every December, and we are not only tempted but often compelled to join in. It would be rude to refuse the invitations of friends and coworkers to Christmas parties held during Advent, but in joining in the festivities, we need to remember always the reason for this season—Advent—which is to prepare ourselves not only for the coming of Christ at Christmas but for His Second Coming at the end of time.
As the Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Advent continue, Isaiah's prophecies move from Christ's first coming to His second. In the same way, as we draw nearer to Christmas, our thoughts should rise from the manger in Bethlehem to the Son of Man descending in glory. There is no better cure for spiritual pride than the remembrance that, one day when we least expect it, Christ will return, to judge the living and the dead.
Daily Scripture Readings for Advent:
- Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent
- Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Advent
- Scripture Readings for the Third Week of Advent
- Scripture Readings for the Final Week of Advent