HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A.
THEME: “ARE YOU THE ONE WHO IS TO COME…?”
BY: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu.
This is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. We are filled with joy as the Lord’s coming is near. This joy gives us hope that our liberation from sickness, fear, terror, anger, and sufferings of all kinds has come. The prophet Isaiah emphasized this by saying: “Look your God is coming, … he is coming to save you ” (Is. 35:1-6. 10). For those who believe in Christ, this expectation is worth celebrating. That is why many homes are being decorated with colorful paintings, lights, flowers and other ornaments.
What of our hearts? Spiritual decoration is more important this time for our joy to be complete.
But for some reasons most people express fear, others are filled with doubts and are asking questions like John did. “Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?” (Mtt. 11:2-11). The reason for this question might not necessarily be unbelief, rather it is as a result of anxiety. If Christ is truly coming why do some people kill others? Why are there wars, terrorists, abductors, increase in prices of goods and services, etcetera. The simple answer is that people have no faith. They rely on their wealth and put God behind.
The real thing we need as we await the coming of the Lord is strong belief and patience. For this reason St. James says: “Be patient, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits… You too be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon” (Jas. 5:7-10). While we witness certain things going wrong, we should be patient and filled with hope . Nothing is greater than our God. He is always with us and will never abandon his own. Do not allow your faith to dwindle. Rejoice, the Lord is coming soon! Be ready, be assured! Happy Sunday.
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