Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year A
Theme: PRAYING FOR THE MESSIAH’S REIGN
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Sunday December 8 2019
READINGS: ISAIAH 11:1-10, ROMANS 15:4-9, MATTHEW 3:1-12
The prophet Isaiah prophesied about 700 years before Christ, in the 8th Century, and at this time, many of his contemporaries were in the depths of despair. This was occasioned by the raging idolatry and paganism then, hence the followers of Yahweh feared that God had forgotten his promises to their ancestors. Isaiah with his message of hope (11:1-10) reminded the people of the necessary dawning of the ‘Messianic Age’; a reign which is the dawning of the kingdom of heaven, a kingdom which according to John the Baptist, is at hand and we all ought to repent from our old ways (Matt. 3:2) even as we continue waiting for the shoot springing from the stock of Jesse.
A careful look at our present condition would suggest that idolatry, paganism, secularism and the likes still thrive in a world created (good) by God. Like the people of Isaiah’s day who slumped into despair when God was ‘seemingly’ absent; we the followers of God today may tend to look at our sufferings and lose hope in God. We may say that in spite our many sacrifices and sufferings in the name of Christ, we have no immediate rewards; we are still wallowing in pain, misery and abject poverty. We may also say that the wicked and evil men of our time flourish and live flamboyant and extravagant lives at the expense of the poor. We may equally say that there is no equity no peace but unrest; and no justice but injustice in our land so it is okay to despair.
Be this as it may (the situation at hand), may I quickly remind us dear friends that for THE CHRISTIAN, HOPE MORE THAN FOOD AND DRINK AND GOOD LIFE, SUFFICES. It is the hope that tomorrow would be better that keeps us alive; the hope that God will hear our cry for help and save us. Dear friends, that hope is what we celebrate this advent, the patient wait for the arrival of Christ and the reign of his age. It is a hope that a day will come when justice will roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty river (Isa. 11:5). The hope that one day, the gross inequalities prevalent will wane and all people will stand equal and un-classed. A day when peace will reign in our world: a day when corruption, oppression and marginalization, tribal and ethnic wars, religious, political and cultural wars, etc. will end and the advocates of the many terror squads(gangsters, cultists, armed robbers, the belligerent, those who’ve taken to pogrom and manslaughter) will beat their swords, guns and weapons of mass destruction into ploughshares; their spears into pruning hooks, (Isa. 2:4-5) and make peace with one another. That day, the wolf shall be a welcome guest in the lamb’s home, the baby play by the cobra’s den former enemies live harmoniously together and no harm or ruin befall anybody (Isa. 11:8-9).
Dearly beloved, at the dawn of the Messianic Age, people, high and low, rich and poor, will sit together at the table of brotherhood. There will be no border nor breed, no East or West, no disparity between this and that tribe, language or race for the one true nationality will be the HUMAN RACE. This picture of the kingdom, a return to the ‘primeval harmony of the paradise is what Isaiah foresaw at the coming of Christ, “the root of Jesse”, a time when there will be no enemy to fear but only friends to love. How sweet!
Christ came, yet what I see today is a situation where ‘MIGHT IS MASTER AND JUSTICE IS SERVANT, WALKING ON WOODEN LEGS’. Of course Christ came but EQUALITY TODAY APPLIES ONLY TO THOSE IN THE GRAVE. Surely, Christ did come yet there is nothing more common than the name ‘friend’ while THERE IS NOTHING RARER THAN TRUE FRIENDSHIP.
People either spend their lives MAKING ENEMIES OR EXTERMINATING THEM. Christ brought freedom to the world but today’s great and powerful men prefer enslaving their fellow men. The prophecy of Isaiah, my friends has to be realized in our day too. Christ left with us his mission of Christianizing the world; we must work for justice, fight for equality, pray for peace and so on. A return to the good state of the created world is possible. This is where the call of John the Baptist comes to play; that we repent and bearing fruits of repentance, await the glorious arrival of the Messiah who will perfect our crave for a just, fair and peaceful society. May we live to see a world ruled by Christ, amen.
FEED AND EDUCATE ONE