For John, BLUF: That is why they call it "the good news". Nothing to see here; just move along.
The readings for this week, the last week in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Year. Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent. And after four weeks of Advent we have Christmas. A fuller title for this Sunday is "The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe".
The second reading this Sunday is from St Paul's Letter to the Colossians (Col), 1:12-20.
Brothers and sisters:At the end of the first part it says, talking about Jesus, "in whom we have redemption".♠ That would be "the forgiveness of sins." This is a wonderful thing, a promise of everlasting life.
Let us give thanks to the Father,
who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.
Regards — Cliff
♠ This is as opposed to someone who recently suggested that an eighth of us are irredeemable. That is false. We all of us have redemption available to us through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.