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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 18, 2018

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent

 

Jeremiah 23:5-8 ;

 Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19;

Gospel MT 1:18-25


This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.

 

Love Expressed in Deeds

 

There is a  very moving scene in the musicale Fiddler on the Roof when, after the Jewish couple’s five daughters were married and had their own families, the husband, now alone again with his wife in their house, asks her, “do you love me”? The wife, quite surprised with the question of her husband says, “For 25 years, I live with you, I cooked your food, I cleaned your house, I washed your clothes, I gave you five beautiful daughters. After 25 years, you now ask me, ‘Do you love me’? If that’s not love, then what is?”


One truth expressed so powerfully by the gospel is that love if it is to be true, is to be seen in deeds. God’s love is never only expressed through words nor is it only felt purely by emotions. He tells us today that He loves us and His love is true and real for it is a love seen in deeds.


His love that translates into action is Emmanuel, the God with us. God who loves us is a God present in our midst. He is a God who dwells among us. He is a God who entered our human history. And when God tells, I am with you, He means, I love you. One of the best expressions of love is presence. We can not say we love a person and yet not be available for him or her, especially at the time he or she needs our presence the most. When God tells us that he loves us, He sent His son to be Emmanuel, the God with us.


We are few days from the celebration of the great mystery of Christmas. Christmas is nothing else than celebrating the great promise of God to us- that He will be with us until the end of the world. His promise however must be clear to us. He did not promise to give solution to all our problems and crisis in life. He did not promise to eradicate all evil in the world. He did not promise that when He comes, life will be devoid of suffering and pain. His promise is clear and simple: I am with you. He is with us even if life is beset with so many difficulties.


Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, we are also assured of the presence of Jesus. In the Eucharist, Jesus is truly with us, in flesh and in blood, under the form of bread and wine. We can therefore say that every Eucharist is Christmas for Jesus takes the form of bread and wine to assure us again and again of His abiding and saving presence. Christmas and the Eucharist is God telling us “I am with you” and “I love you”.


Fr. Martin Kuzhivelil CMI


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