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Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 15, 2018

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

 

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 ;

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19;

Gospel MT 17:9A, 10-13


As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
"Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. 
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands."
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

 

Missed and Ignored

 

Mathew has already made a connection between John the Baptist and Elijah. Here he again reminds us of the Baptist’s violent death. Jezebel sought the life of Elijah whereas Herodias brought about the murder of the Baptist.


In the previous scene of Transfiguration of our Lord we see both Moses and Elijah in glory. However, Mathew wants to remind us of the fact that both of them suffered before being taken into glory. In the book of Numbers, we read Moses saying Lord: “Why have you treated your servant so badly?” [Numbers 11:11-15].  Moses is a model for the songs of the suffering servant of the Lord in the Isaiah scroll. Elijah’s mission, too, involved him in suffering [1Kings 19:2-10]. Jesus is telling his disciples that same would happen to him: “So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands’.


The tragedy is that human beings sometimes destroy the only hope that they have.  For centuries there had been a tremendous longing for a messiah, a deliverer. But when he came they wanted to destroy him because he did not match the fantasy that they had of him. We too are often frustrated and lose faith and hope in the Lord when the things do not turn around the way what we expect or want to happen.


Jesus proclaims to his disciples that John the Baptizer is indeed Elijah returned to the people, but everyone missed him again. And they will miss Jesus too, and he, the Son of Justice, the Son of Man will suffer in the tradition of all the prophets – missed and ignored.  It is Advent and the Son Man is among us.  Have we missed his presence among us once again?


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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