HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A.
THEME: The personality of Elijah.
BY: Fr. Eugene Sixtus.
Elijah was presented in our first reading today as a man of courage who stood firm against the odds of his time by being justice and truthful. God made use of him to advance a true religion, his prayers were very efficacious. This great prophet did a lot of miracles in the name of God.He truly lived for God and at the end of his earthly life he was glorified by God through his glorious passage from this life to heaven.
As I reflect with you on the personality of this great man, it becomes paramount that I say to us this day, that God who used Elijah to perform these miracles is also the same God who wants to make use of you in bringing Joy to people and happiness to those who are depressed and see no meaning in life again. This can only be realized If we are docile to his promptings, God needs people through whom he can manifest his greatest on earth.
The Gospel periscope of today mtt 17:10-13 was an allusion to the prophecies in the old testament, Malachi 4:4-5 that Elijah would come back before the coming of Christ. The disciples of Christ acknowledged Him as the Messiah but were confused that the prophecy of Elijah coming before him has not been fulfilled. Christ took his time to clarify them, that it has been fulfilled in the person of John the Baptist. The people’s expectations were not met. Their conception about this Prophecy was not what they had in mind. This problem becomes even more eminent in our time, Christ does alot of miracles in our lives but we don’t recognize him. He answers our prayers and petition to him, but we are not still convinced.
A lady came to me with a complain that her husband is not interested in the things of God, that his only interest was on frivolities, she complained that she has made this petition for long, When God answered her, by inflicting cancer of the liver to the husband whom after diagnosis was made to know he has little or no time to live on earth. The husband turn to God in prayers and became prayerfully strong. This same way is how God visit us daily and answer our prayers without our recognition. Just as Elijah handed over his ministry to Elisha in River Jordan 2kings 2 so also did John the Baptist baptized Christ at River Jordan and transferred same ministry to Christ. Let us continue to pray for the gift of understanding, that we may be able to discern and recognize what God is doing in our lives and around our environments. May God bless you with a wonderful weekend.