FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT — Year C
*Alternate* Second Reading: From Abraham Joshua Heschel
There is a task, a law, and a way:
the task is redemption,
the law, to do justice, to love mercy,
and the way is the secret of being human and holy.
When we are gasping with despair,
when the wisdom of science and the splendor of the arts
fail to save us from fear and the sense of futility,
the Bible offers us the only hope:
History is a circuitous way for the steps of the Messiah.
The words of Abraham Joshua Heschel.