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Monday of the 1st Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 3, 2018

Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 2:1-5 ;

 Psalm 122:1-9;

Gospel MT 8:5-11


When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion said in reply, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. for I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven."

 

 Feast of St Francis Xavier

 

On this first Monday of Advent, our joy is doubled as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, the second Apostle of the Indian Church. It was the ardent desire of St. Francis that the message of Jesus be spread to the farthest ends of the earth and even at the moment of his death, he was making plans to proceed to China with the Good News of Christ. The first reading from the Book of Isaiah clearly depicts how in the fullness of times, all will come to the house of the Lord, all will hear the message of the Lord. It is God who teaches his people, by his word and Spirit. God is the promoter of peace and holiness. If all men truly walk in the ways of the Lord and follow his paths, there will be no more war, and peace will reign on this earth. Whatever others do, a believer has to walk in the light of peace. When true religion flourishes, men delight in going up to the house of the Lord, and in urging others to accompany them. It is not having silver and gold, horses and chariots, that displeases God, but depending upon them, in such a way that we could be safe, easy, and happy without the Lord. Often the idolized riches displace God that the Lord, his truths, and precepts, are forgotten or despised. But the safety and consolation of the believer is in following the ways of the Lord.


Psalm 121 which we have now recited brings out this point very clearly. We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. One must put one’s confidence in the Lord only: we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that provides, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God’s protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he neither sleeps nor slumbers. Under the shade of the Lord, the believer may sit with delight and assurance. He is always near his people for their protection and refreshment. They shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care that his people shall not fall. The Lord shall prevent the evil one fears, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil one feels. He will preserve the soul, that it be not defiled by sin, and disturbed by affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide with them forever.


The gospel passage from St. Matthew shows how Jesus himself shares the Good News with a gentile and encourages his faith. The centurion was a heathen, a Roman soldier. Though he was a gentile soldier, yet he was a godly man. With all humility and responsibility, he places the case of his servant before Jesus. The centurion becomes an example that the Christian should bring the non believers to Christ by faith and prayers. The centurion is also a model for genuine humility: Humble souls are made more humble by Christ’s gracious dealings with them. Once we are able to accept our true condition, the stronger will be our confidence in Christ. Here the centurion acknowledges that Jesus is source of the divine power, and he has full command of all the creatures and powers of nature, as a master over his servants. We all should be such servants to God; we must come and go according to the directions of his word and the disposals of his providence. The servant of the centurion was cured of his disease, and the master had the approval of his faith. What Jesus said to him, is said to all, “Believe, and you shall receive; only believe.” See the power of Christ, and the power of faith. It is this faith which prompted St. Francis Xavier to travel to the farthest ends of the earth with the Good News of Christ; it is this solid faith which Francis Xavier shared with thousands and brought them to Christ, to the Church, the house of the Lord. On this first Monday of the Advent, let St. Francis Xavier be our model of faith that we prepare ourselves to welcome the Saviour who is to come, with solid, deep and sincere faith.


Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


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