Homily for Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent (1)










Homily for Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent
Theme: WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED OF HER CHILDREN….. ““To what shall I compare this generation?”
By: Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench

(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)
Homily for Friday December 10 2021
Today, we should be distraught before the Lord’s sigh: “To what shall I compare this generation?” (Mt 11:16). Jesus is overwhelmed by our heart, more often than not, nonconforming and ungrateful. We are never fulfilled; we are complaining all the time. We even dare to blame Him for all the things that disturb us.
“But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” (Mt 11:19): it suffices to just look at the Christmas mystery. But, what about us? How is our faith? Could it be that our complaints are actually harboring the nonexistence of our reply? A very appropriate query for the time of Advent!
God comes to our encounter, but man —especially the present-day man— hides out from Him. Some, as Herod, are really afraid of Him. Others are even harassed by his simple presence: “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!” (Jn 19:15). Jesus “is the God-who-comes” (Benedict XVI) and we look like “the-man-who-goes away”: “He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him” (Jn 1:11).
Why do we run away? Because of our lack of meekness. Saint John the Baptist recommended us to “dwindle”. And the Church reminds us so, every time the Advent comes. We must, therefore, become as little children to be able to understand and receive the “Little God”. He appears in front of us with the humility of his swaddling-clothes: never before a “God-wrapped-in-swaddling clothes” had been preached! We project a ridiculous image before God when we try to conceal ourselves with pretexts and dishonest explanations. Already at the dawn of humanity, Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the snake…, after all the centuries gone by, we remain just the same.
Jesus-God, however, is coming: in the cold and the poverty of Bethlehem he neither admonished nor rebuked us. On the contrary! He begins to load his small shoulders with the weight of all our faults. Should we, then, be afraid of Him? Will our apologies be truly worth before this “Little-God”? “God’s sign is the Baby: we learn to live with him and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the very essence of love” (Benedict XVI).
Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)




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