Remember the victims from Newtown, CT. Pray for their families. This is a list provided by CNN.com (which chose to include the last names of children only when their parents have spoken in public):

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47; Mary Sherlach, 56; Lauren Rosseau, 30; Victoria Soto, 27; Emilie Parker, 6; Rachel Davino, 29; Anne Marie Murphy, 25; Charlotte, 6; Daniel, 7; Olivia, 6; Josephine, 7; Ana, 6; Dylan, 6; Madeleine, 6; Catherine, 6; Chase, 7; Jesse, 6; James, 6; Grace, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Jack, 6; Noah, 6; Caroline, 6; Jessica, 6; Avielle, 6; Benjamin, 6; Allison, 6.


Zephaniah 3:14-18a

  14         Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!

Shout in triumph, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart,

O daughter of Jerusalem!

  15         The Lord has taken away His judgments against you,

He has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;

You will fear disaster no more.

  16         In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:

“Do not be afraid, O Zion;

Do not let your hands fall limp.

  17         “The Lord your God is in your midst,

A victorious warrior.

He will exult over you with joy,

He will be quiet in His love,

He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

  18         “I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts—


Isaiah 12:2-6

    2         “Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid;

For the Lord God is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation.”

    3         Therefore you will joyously draw water

From the springs of salvation.

    4         And in that day you will say,

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.

Make known His deeds among the peoples;

Make them remember that His name is exalted.”

    5         Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;

Let this be known throughout the earth.

    6         Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,

For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Philippians 4:4-7

    4   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

    5   Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

    6   Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    7   And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3:10-18

  10   And the crowds were questioning him, saying, “Then what shall we do?”

  11   And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”

  12   And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”

  13   And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.”

  14   Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”

  15   Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,

  16   John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

  17   “His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

  18   So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.

 (All reading derived from the NASB)

Further Reading

John Bergsma: Rejoice! The Third Sunday of Advent

Tim Gombis: An Advent Homily

James McGahey: Third Sunday of Advent: On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

T.C. Moore: Darkness, Advent, and Newtown, CT

Gary Wallin: The Birth of Jesus Pt 1: Declaring the End from the Beginning

Paul _____: What Does It Mean to Celebrate Immanuel? ; Waiting with Advent

If you have recommended reading for the Second Sunday of Advent please leave a comment.