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Sunday of the 1st Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 2, 2018

 Sunday of the 1st Week of Advent

 

Jeremiah 33:14-16 ;

 Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14;

1 Thessalonians 3:12 -- 4:2;

Jesus said to his disciples:


“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

 Turn towards the Lord

 

The life of a Christian is a life of expectation and hope. The Gospel passage of this First Sunday of Advent brings to our reflection two important aspects of the Advent: The Incarnation of Christ and his second coming. The time of preparation that we are entering into is a time to receive Jesus who is to be born for the salvation of mankind; along with that we are also preparing ourselves for the second coming of Christ.


The Gospel passage of the day is in the background of the curiosity of people to know the details regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ. There had always useless arguments and baseless speculations about this great event. The answer of Jesus is clear that he wants to teach the followers what is their duty in view of the second coming. All knowledge is desirable as far as it will help us to put into practice. Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which will give them the clear idea. Christ tells them what hard things they should suffer for his name’s sake, and encourages them to bear up under their trials, and to go on in their work, notwithstanding the opposition they would meet with. God will stand by you, and own you, and assist you. This was remarkably fulfilled after the pouring out of the Spirit, by whom Christ gave his disciples wisdom and courage. Though we may be losers for Christ, we shall not be and we cannot be losers by him, in the end. It is our duty and interest at all times, especially in perilous, trying times, to secure the safety of our own souls. It is by Christian patience we keep possession of our own souls, and keep out all those impressions which would put us out of temper.


Jesus cautions his followers against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ’s disciples: Take heed to yourselves, that you be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are only carnally and materially secure. Our danger is that the day of death and judgment may come upon us when we are least prepared. Our problem is that when we are called to meet our Lord, that can be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest to our hearts. The tragedy is that it will come upon us when we dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and destruction if we are not ever prepared for that day. Here we see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those tragedies; that on the day of judgement of God, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be totally unexpected. Let us see how we can be worthy to stand before Christ at his second coming: Those who have never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet repented for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept in the spirit of repentance. Jesus says: Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ’s word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching. On this first Sunday of Advent, through the first reading from Jeremiah, the Church is all the more reminding the faithful about the preparations for the coming of the messiah. To crown the blessings God has in store, here is a promise of the Messiah. Christ is our Lord God, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. He shall execute righteousness and justice for all. All the promises made by God regarding the savior is finding their fulfillment and accomplishment in the messiah, in Jesus Christ. In the first letter to Thessalonians, St. Paul is providing us the means to make our preparations to receive the messiah more effective and fruitful: Let us acknowledge God in all our ways, and he will direct our paths. Mutual love is required of all Christians. And love is of God, and is fulfilling the gospel as well as the law. We need the Spirit’s influences in order to grow in grace; and the way to obtain them, is prayer. Prayer is to be offered to God as our Father. Prayer is not only to be offered in the name of Christ, but offered up to Christ himself, as our Lord and our Saviour. Holiness is required of all who are awaiting the messiah. The Lord Jesus will certainly come in his glory. Then the excellence as well as the necessity of holiness will appear; and without this no hearts shall able to welcome the Lord.


St. Paul continues: The rule, according to which all ought to walk and act, is the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Sanctification is the renewal of their souls under the influences of the Holy Spirit. In aspiring after this renewal of the soul unto holiness, strict restraint must be put upon the appetites and senses of the body, and on the thoughts and inclinations of the will, which lead to wrong uses of them. The Lord calls none into his family to live unholy lives, but that they may be taught and enabled to walk before him in holiness. Some make light of the precepts of holiness, because they hear them from men; but they are God’s commands, and to break them is to despise God. The universal invitation on this first Sunday of advent is towards holiness of all the followers of Christ and holiness in aspects and dimensions of life.


The Psalmist is earnest in his prayer to be found worthy at the coming of the messiah: Make me to know thy ways O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation. For thee I wait all the day long. No one who wait for the Lord with faith and hope shall be put to shame. The psalmist is also earnest for the pardon of his sins. When God pardons sin, he is said to remember it no more, which denotes full remission. It is God’s goodness, and not ours, his mercy, and not our merit, that obtains the pardon and forgiveness of sins. Though we are unworthy, God fills us with the riches of mercy and grace. On this first Sunday of Advent, let us seek the grace and mercy of the Lord so that we may grow in the friendship of the Lord; let our eyes be ever turned towards the Lord so that the Lord will turn to us and be gracious to us and will preserve us in integrity and uprightness. Let our faith and hope be solid and strong that we be fully prepared to receive the messiah – Jesus Christ – into our hearts, into our homes and into all the walks of our life.


Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


A story comes to us from Eastern mysticism

 

 A monk asked, “Abbot, what has god’s wisdom taught you? Have you become holy?” “Not at all” “Have you become a saint?” “No, as you can clearly see” “What then, was it not a waste?” “I became awake, staying awake.”


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