HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF THE ADVENT. (1)










HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF THE ADVENT.

THEME: ‘What description can I find for this generation?

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1:1-4,6
Matthew 11:16-19

*LITURGICAL COLOUR*
VIOLET

*INTRODUCTION*
God has revealed to us His love, shown to us in the manifestation of His Son in this world, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour, and we ought to listen to Him, and everything that He has revealed to us and taught us through His Church. We must not harden our hearts and minds anymore, but be more receptive to listen to His truths.

*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING OF TODAY*
This morning’s gospel reading shows just how much Jesus was a keen observer of life. He noticed children playing in the market place. One group tries to involve another group in their games. They enact a wedding game, playing flutes, but the other group of children are unmoved. Then switch to a funeral game, singing dirges, but again the other group of children are unmoved. Jesus sees in this unresponsive group of children an image of his own generation who were moved neither by the sombre message of John the Baptist nor the celebratory message of Jesus. They dismissed John as possessed and Jesus as a glutton and a drunkard. Both John the Baptist and Jesus had something important to say, but many of Jesus’ generation were deaf to both messages.

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*CONCLUSION*
The gospel reading calls on us to be open to both the message of John and of Jesus, but, in particular, the message of Jesus. Jesus identifies himself with the children who play pipes for others to dance to. It is interesting to think of Jesus as a piper whose words and actions play the music of God. Our calling is to become attuned to this music of God and to move to its rhythm. This music of God that Jesus plays is celebratory music, not mournful music, the music of a wedding feast rather than a funeral. It is music that brings light where there is darkness, hope where there is despair, joy where there is sadness. If we are attentive to this music and allow it to shape our lives, then we will be a life-giving presence to others and our own lives will proclaim the good news of God.
I Wish Everyone A Blessed Weekend.

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