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Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 4, 2018

 Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 11:1-10 ;

 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17;

Gospel LK 10:21-24


Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."

Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."


  Blessed are the eyes which see what you see

 

The first reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah presents the peaceful character of the messianic kingdom and his subjects. The Messiah is called a Branch, a small tender shoot. He comes forth out of the stem of Jesse; when the royal family was cut down and almost leveled with the ground, it would sprout again. The house of David was brought very low at the time of Christ’s birth. The Messiah thus gave early notice that his kingdom was not of this world. But the Holy Spirit, in all his gifts and graces, shall rest and abide upon him; he shall have the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in him. The Messiah would be just and righteous in all his administration. There shall be great peace and calm under his government. The Good News changes the nature and a new environment is created. God’s people shall be delivered, not only from evil, but from the fear of it. The better we know the God of love, the more shall we be changed into the same likeness, and the better disposed to all who have any likeness to him. This knowledge shall extend as the sea, it will spread universally.


Psalm 72 which we recited in fact is a prophecy of the glories of the messianic kingdom to be established by the coming of Christ. This psalm belongs to Solomon in part, but to Christ more fully and clearly. Solomon was both the king and the king’s son, and his pious father desired that the wisdom of God might be in him, that his reign might be a remembrance of the kingdom of the Messiah. The Messianic rule will be just and righteous where the needy and the poor will find a strong defender for them and oppressive structures will be brought down. The alienation, isolation and hostile tendencies will wither away not only among the human beings, but even between human beings and nature and the various elements of nature.


In the Gospel passage from Luke, we find Jesus as the fulfillment of all prophesies: Through these verses, Jesus says: I am the one to whom all the prophets and the saints and the kings looked forward and for whom they belonged. Jesus was the peak to which history had been climbing, the goal to which it had been marching, the dream which had ever inspired the people of God. Jesus is the end and climax of the evolutionary process because in him man meets God: he is at once the perfection of humanness and fullness of Godhead. Through the incarnation of Jesus, God is now revealed to the world. Jesus says: “He who has seen me has seen the Father”, “I and the Father are one”. Jesus did not so much tell about God as show them God, because in himself were God’s mind and heart. Jesus is expressing the joy that the salvation is now open to all souls. Jesus rejoices that the evil is now conquered through the work of his apostles. Hearing the words of the divine savior and putting it into our day to day life, we will also be entitled to see his glory and share his joy. During this season of advent, this is the call of Jesus to each one of us: Many were earnestly waiting to see what you see and to hear what you hear now; but they could not. Blessed are the eyes which see what you see. Grow in this divine experience day by day.

Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


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