Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year A
Theme: The Coming of the Saviour
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday December 15 2019
(Mt. 11:2-11) Third Sunday of Advent
In today’s Gospel Jesus was asked by the disciples of John if He was the one who is to come, the Messiah, or they are to wait for another? Jesus pointed to what He was doing to the deaf, mute, blind, lame, etc. `In addition, the Good News is being proclaimed to the poor. The signs of reversals are happening. The appointed time has come and being embodied by Jesus, the Messiah.
It is interesting that there are Jews who did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. They could not accept the Messiah will be born in a manger, will come from Nazareth, has a young woman as a mother and a carpenter for a father. It is the reason why, up to now, they are still waiting for the promised Messiah. But those are the Jews. We are the Christians. For us, Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s promise. He is the Messiah.
But do we regard Him as the One? Is he the Saviour for us? Or, like the Jews, we are looking for another? If Jesus is the Messiah for us, why do we continue to disobey His teachings? Why do we seem to be giving more importance and being ruled by riches, power, and fame? And who do we listen to? We listen more to ourselves and some people. Do we give importance to what Jesus would say? Do we see the signs of the times; the wars, earthquakes, floods, famine, spectacular events in the sky? How about abortion, death penalty, drug problems, pre-marital and extra-marital relationships, atheism, relativism, consumerism, etc. The world is ripe for the picking. We are almost the same as the time of Noah and Lot.
The world is aching for a Saviour. Come, Lord, come and heal our land, head our people. You are the Messiah. You are the one to come.