Homily for Monday of the 1st Week of Advent (3)

Jesus teacing his disciples (Authority)

Homily for Monday of the 1st Week of Advent

Theme: Divine Authority of Jesus

By: Fr. Walter Ihejirika


Homily for Monday November 29 2021

There are two instances in the Scriptures where our Lord Jesus Christ manifested the human sentiment of amazement. The first was when he visited his hometown and his townsmen did not believe in his divinity. He was amazed for their lack of faith (Mk 6:1-7) The second was when the Roman centurion invited him to come and cure his sick servant as we read in our gospel reading today: “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.” (Lk 8:5-11) While the townsmen of Jesus doubted his divine authority, the Roman centurion perceived him as one with great authority who can give command to any human condition and they obey. Like the centurion, we believe in the divine authority of Jesus and acknowledge him as the Messiah. We thus too rejoice in anticipation of his birth like the pilgrims who rejoiced when they are invited to go up to Jerusalem (Ps 122), .

Dear friends, as we face God this morning and prepare for the coming of Christ, I pray that he will establish you firmly on his holy mountain. As he did with the centurion, may he make an authoritative pronouncement to change your condition for the better. May his face continue to shine upon you and bring you salvation. Have a joy-full day.

Fr. Walter Ihejirika

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