2nd Sunday of Advent A: 2nd Reading

Romans 15:4-9

Brothers and sisters:
Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction,
   that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures
   we might have hope.
May the God of endurance and encouragement
   grant you to think in harmony with one another,
   in keeping with Christ Jesus,
   that with one accord you may with one voice
   glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you,
   for the glory of God.
For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised
   to show God’s truthfulness,
   to confirm the promises to the patriarchs,
   but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
As it is written:
   Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles
      and sing praises to your name.