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Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 6, 2012

 Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 26:1-6 ;

Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27;

Jesus said to his disciples:


"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined."

 

Repent

 

The reading from the book of Isaiah starts with the phrase, “That day.” This expression in fact points to the New Testament fulfillment of the arrival of the Messiah. The unchangeable promise and covenant of the Lord now find their fulfillment in the coming of the Messiah. With the birth of the Saviour, the gates of the city of New Jerusalem are opened. All are invited to enter the city of the Lord, and especially the sinners are encouraged to join to the Lord. The Lord will keep them in peace; in perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, in all events. One has to trust in the Lord for that peace, that portion, which will be for ever. Whatever we trust to the world for, it will last only for a moment; but those who trust in God shall not only find in him, but shall receive from him, strength that will carry them to that blessedness which is for ever. Through Psalm 118, which we recited now, the Psalmist gives an account of the troubles and tribulations we have to undergo in order to stand firm in the promises of the Lord and the rewards of that incessant hope. God is the strength of his people, he is their song; he is their spiritual support forever. Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the everlasting goodness and mercy of God, or whether he looks forward to the blessing secured to him, he will find abundant cause for joy and praise. Every answer to our prayers is an evidence that the Lord is on our side; and then we need not fear what man can do unto us; we should sincerely do our duty to all, and trust in Him alone to accept and bless us. The believer has to seek to declare the works of God, and to encourage others to serve him and trust in him. The experiences of the believer are very much similar and applicable to the messiah, the son of David. Christ, the Son of David had to undergo innumerable sufferings that he was able to enter the glory. The path of those who await the Messiah with faith and hope will also be that of severe opposition and serious doubts, but at the end the Lord will fill their heart with joy and He will be their strength and their song.


In the Gospel passage from Matthew, Christ shows that it will not be enough to acknowledge him as our Master, only in word and tongue. It is necessary for our happiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another. This is his will for our sanctification. Let every one who names the name of Christ, depart from all sin. There are others, whose religion rests in mere hearing, and it goes no further; their heads are filled with empty notions. These two kinds of hearers are represented as two builders. This parable teaches us to hear and do the sayings of the Lord Jesus: some may seem hard to flesh and blood, but they must be done. Christ is to be the foundation, and everything besides Christ is sand. Some build their hopes upon worldly prosperity; others upon an outward profession of religion. Upon these they venture; but they are all sand, too weak to bear such a structure as our hopes for heaven.  There is a storm coming that will test every man’s work. When God takes away the soul, where is the hope of the hypocrite? The house fell in the storm, when the builder had most the need of it, and expected it would be a shelter for him. It fell when it was too late to build another one. May the Lord make us wise builders for eternity. Then nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ Jesus. Let us be more and more decided and earnest, making the incarnation of Christ the main subject of our thoughts and reflection for the coming days. Let us not be carried away by the sand – the external preparations – to the extent that we forget the internal and spiritual preparations to welcome the Lord incarnate.


Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


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